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June 8, 2014 2:31 am

Dudu Fisher Returns to New York in Throwback to Broadway Days (INTERVIEW)

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Dudu Fisher. Photo: Dudu Fisher's Kickstarter page for "Jerusalem."

Israeli performer Dudu Fisher reminisced about his days on Broadway in an interview with The Algemeiner on Monday in advance of his upcoming one night performance in New York City.

“A show in New York is always a reminder of my days on Broadway in Le Miserables,” he said. “It’s always exiting as I have lots of my actor and director friends in the audience. And the audience in New York is so different from any other place. People in New York are exposed to the best shows in the world. ‘If you can make it here’… is not just a song.”

After a sold-out performance last season, An Intimate Evening with Dudu Fisher returns to the 92nd St. Y on June 16. Through music and stories, and piano accompaniment, Fisher will take the audience on a journey that celebrates the beauty of Israel’s landscape, culture and people.

Throughout his accomplished career Fisher says he has never forgotten his home and its musical landscape, though he admits that it has changed over the years.

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“Like every place on the globe Israel’s culture has changed. The music is not the same any more and the theater is different too,” he said. “You may like it or you may not… This is the nature of things.”

As a proud Israeli, Fisher says what he loves most about the country is, “the hundreds of organizations helping people. Walk through the hospitals and see the thousands of volunteers helping the sick. Go see the border with Syria [and] how Israeli doctors help people who only yesterday were seen burning Israeli flags shouting death to Israel…I love to see the sea line when I land in the country.”

Despite the violence Israel faces- including Monday night’s terrorist attack against Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint in northern Samaria Fisher believes his country is the safest place for Jewish people to live in. Regional fighting, he said, has no affect on Israel’s majestic beauty.

“Europe became long ago a place where a Jew can’t walk safe in the streets. Look what happened in Brussels last week and what is happening in France almost every day,” Fisher told The Algemeiner. “Israel is strong and can defend its people, and no violence can take away the beauty of our country.”

Fisher said he finds it “very difficult” to maintain a closeness to Israel and its culture while on the road. For now, he is mostly focused on his show Jerusalem in Branson, Miss. The concert first opened two years ago and returns Nov. 4 with performances every night, except Fridays, until Dec. 6.

With years of performances under his belt, Fisher admitted that he does not have a favorite.

“I remember every show I do,” he said. “Every show is different and I love every minute I’m on stage.”

Listen to Dudu Fisher perform Jerusalem is Mine in the video below:

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