The Original Mayor of Whoville Joins the Cast of “They Changed Broadway”

Metuchen, NJ, May 12, 2010 --( Stuart Zagnit, who created such memorable characters on stage such as The Mayor of Whoville in “Seussical” and Goldberg in “The Wild Party” joins the cast of “They Changed Broadway: From Berlin to Bernstein and Beyond,” a one-night only revue at The Forum Theater Arts Center, June 13, 2010 benefiting Congregation Neve Shalom.

“I am excited to be part of the revue working alongside Michael Colby, Michael Goldfried, Leah Horowitz, Jonathan C. Kaplan, Michael Lavine and Neva Small,” says Mr. Zagnit.

Mr. Zagnit adds, “A revue featuring the Jewish Contribution to the American Musical is a wonderful idea with a very broad appeal and Michael Colby really knows how to put together a great show. I know the audience will have a fantastic time.”

The Jewish contribution to the American musical goes beyond Jewish themes. “They Changed Broadway” features hand-picked songs from Broadway’s iconic musicals woven into a two-hour, one-night program featuring well-known, sought after and award-winning Actor’s Equity performers.

“We can’t be happier to have Stuart Zagnit agree to perform in ‘They Changed Broadway’,” says Hope Serratelli, Neve Shalom board of director and fundraising vice-president. “He’s a wonderful actor who brings a lot to the show.”

“They Changed Broadway” gives Middlesex County residences a chance to see veteran Broadway performers in their own backyard at the historic and intimate 500 seat Forum Theatre in Metuchen, New Jersey.

From a fundraising perspective, the revue reaches an audience beyond Congregation Neve Shalom’s 500-family membership creatively expanding its ability to raise funds to benefit the Youth and Elderly, Meals on Wheels, and the Edison-Metuchen-Colonia-Woodbridge and surrounding Middlesex County, NJ community at large.

Tickets for “They Changed Broadway” are on sale now with advance purchase discounts available. Call (732) 548- 2238.

About Stuart Zagnit
On Broadway, Stuart created the roles of The Mayor of Whoville in “Seussical” and Goldberg in “The Wild Party” (original cast recordings as well). He was Bela Zangler in the National Tour of “Crazy for You”, Buzz Richards in the revival of “Applause” with Stefanie Powers, Mendel in “Falsettos,” the Baker in “Into the Woods” and Charlie in “Tintypes.”

Stuart Zagnit’s off-Broadway credits include Seymour in the original “Little Shop Of Horrors,” “A Dybbuk” at The Public Theatre, “Lucky Stiff,” “All In The Timing,” “The Grand Tour,” and “The Majestic Kid.” Stuart also received critical acclaim for his performance as the title character in “Kuni-Leml.”

Regional audiences have seen Stuart in “Windy City” at the Walnut St. Theatre in Philadelphia, “Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do” (the Neil Sedaka Musical) in Albany and Florida, “Enter Laughing” at Berkshire Theatre Festival, “The Sound Of Music” at Sacramento Music Circus, to name a few.

On television, Stuart has been featured on all three of the “Law & Order” programs, “All My Children,” “One Life To Live,” and can be seen in the independent feature film, “Christmas Present.”

For several years Stuart was Dentist #4 in the hilarious Trident Gum 'Four out of five dentists' commercials, and frequently lends his voice to animated cartoons and commercial tags. He lives in New York with his wife, composer and author Carolyn Sloan and son Sam.

About The Forum
The Forum Theatre Arts Center ( is a nonprofit performing arts organization and has been the Cultural Arts Center of central New Jersey since 1928, when it was built as a theatre and vaudeville tryout house, then soon after as a neighborhood movie house. The Forum Theatre has presented hundreds of American and World Premieres with an emphasis on musical theatre, as well as numerous A-list concerts.

The Forum Theatre is located at 314 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840. Phone: (732) 548- 5600

About Congregation Neve Shalom
For 75 years, Congregation Neve Shalom ( has been providing religious services and Jewish Education for its Conservative Egalitarian members. Neve Shalom maintains a vibrantly active and welcoming community with educational programs, religious services and lay leadership. Neve Shalom's annual Suzy Schwartz Concert, and Book and Author Events are well-known to surrounding residents for their ability to draw well-known and famous performers, authors, and lecturers.

Congregation Neve Shalom is located at 250 Grove Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840. Phone: (732) 548- 2238

For tickets, requests for interviews or more information about “They Changed Broadway” call (732) 548-2238 EXT. 24 or visit

They Changed Broadway
Hope Serratelli
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