Wallenberg Musical to be Performed in New York
by Karina Grudnikov

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation is proud to announce that
“Wallenberg, a new musical, will be presented in a staged reading in New
York City on Sunday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September
20th at 8:00 p.m. at New World Stages, located at 340 West 50th Street (bet.
8th & 9th Avenues). The production is being presented as part of the 2006
New York Musical Theatre Festival. Admission is free, but reservations are
strongly recommended.

Based on the true story of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved
100,000 people from deportation to the Nazi concentration camps, the musical
has a book and lyrics  by Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman, the 2006
winners of the prestigious Kleban Award, and a musical score by Benjamin
Rosenbluth.  The production is directed by and Emmy Award winner, Annette
Jolles.

The title role is played by Thom Christopher Warren, who has appeared on
Broadway in The Lion King and Once Upon a Mattress. Also in the cast of 35
are Andrea Burns, seen in Beauty and the Beast and The Full Monty, and
George Dvorsky, seen in the Broadway casts of The Scarlet Pimpernel,
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Broadway veteran Alice Evans

“Wallenberg” was performed in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of
Raoul Wallenberg’s disappearance in front of a full house, with over 200
guests who gathered at the JCC Manhattan to pay tribute to the missing hero.
Ambassador Kjell Anneling, Consul General of Sweden in New York at that
time, addressed the audience and holocaust survivors Judith Saly and Vera
Goodkind, both saved through Wallenberg’s actions, narrated their personal
stories and remembered their encounters with the Swedish diplomat.

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, with branches in New York,
Buenos Aires and Jerusalem, is a public non-profit non-governmental
organization. Its mission is to develop educational programs and public
awareness campaigns based on the values of solidarity and civic courage,
ethical cornerstones of the Saviors of the Holocaust.

To make a reservation for the staged readings, visit www.nymf.org
  or call (212) 769-1227.
For more information about the show, please visit
www.wallenbergthemusical.com.
For more information about the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation,
please visit www.raoulwallenberg.net