As the cast raised the roof and hit the high notes with the final words of Molly Picon's 'Ikh Zing - I Sing for You' the audience broke into applause! What a wonderful way to end the screening of Leah, Teddy & the Mandolin at The Labia on Sunday 18 February.
"This is the first movie we've had where the audience has started clapping at the end," said the Labia stalwarts who man the doors and box office, and came into the auditorium to clap along with the audience as the end-credits rolled by, with the catchy Lakht mit Mir , Zing mit Mir -Laugh with Me, Sing with Me playing in the background. The clap-along, toe-tapping song is written by Yaakov Bodo and is also the opening number of this musical documentary. We are delighted that Yaakov generously allowed us to include his song in Leah, Teddy & the Mandolin.
Yaakov (Yankale) Bodo (born 1931) is an Israeli actor and comedian notable for numerous Israeli film appearances, for his years in theater, and for his work in the Yiddish language theater in particular. He is also notable for his performance as "Moishe Ventilator" (also Moishe Air-Condition) in the self-titled theater show that ran over a thousand times and was eventually made into a film by that name in 1966.
Bodo is a recipient of the Israeli Theater Award lifetime achievement award, the Edith and Israel Pollack Award, and the Lerner Yiddish Foundation Award.
Leah, Teddy and the Mandolin will have its Johannesburg Premiere on Sunday 18 March 2018 at the Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre. Watch this space for details! Or why wait? You can contact Hazel Cohen and Rene Sidley Tel 011 728 8088 or on E-mail at 'email@example.com' 'rene.s@Telkomsa.net'