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Mental for 'Yentl': Babs gets the singalong treament


Yentl_lMaybe your mother didn’t sit you down in a chocolate-brown, wall-to-wall-carpeted Central Jersey living room and put the Yentl soundtrack LP on the record player until you had every song memorized. So perhaps you don’t have recurring dreams of Barbra Streisand belting out “Papa Can You Hear Me.” (And yes, people: dreams. Not nightmares.) But it’s never too late to embrace Babs’ 1983 tour de force about a young Jewish woman who wants to be educated and therefore cross-dresses because societal sexism of the time forbid a woman from studying certain religious texts.

So if you’re a cross-dresser, Talmud-lovin’ Jewess, or a fan of buttah, you should probably head over to 92YTribeca on March 13 for the first-ever Yentl singalong. It may not be as peppy as the Mama Mia! singalong or as classic as the Sound of Music singalong. But there are  plenty – okay, at least two – killer songs that would make the night memorable. First, you gotta love Papa, and not just because it won’t take you too long to recall the lyrics:

Papa, can you hear me?

Papa, can you see me?

Papa can you find me in the night?

Papa are you near me? 

Papa, can you hear me?

Papa, can you help me not be frightened.

If you get lost, just belt out a good “Papa!” and you’ll fit right in.

The other song I’d be excited about singing is the uplifting “This is One of those Moments.” Or wait. There’s the romantic “No Wonder He Loves Her,” as Yentl observes her crush Avigdor crushing on the beautiful and feminine Hadass. Hell, they’re all great. Except maybe “Tomorrow Night.” But, hey, you gotta take a bathroom break sometime.

Anyone so mental for Yentl they’ll be attending the singalong? What are your favorite Yentl tunes?