‘Anne Frank, a Musical:’ Why it resonates now more than ever

In the heart of the Off-Broadway theater scene, "Anne Frank, a Musical" has taken the stage, creating emotion and reflection within audiences.

In the heart of the Off-Broadway theater scene, “Anne Frank, a Musical” has taken the stage, creating ripples of emotion and reflection within audiences. This production, a musical adaptation of Anne Frank’s poignant life, written by Jean-Pierre Hadida and directed & produced by David Serero, has garnered significant attention for its capacity to resonate deeply with the theater and Jewish communities, particularly in these tumultuous times. Here’s why “Anne Frank, a Musical” is touching people’s hearts more profoundly than ever before.

The story of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl, played by Zoey Burger in this 2023 Off-Broadway production, who hid with her family during the Holocaust and penned her experiences in a diary, embodies the unparalleled resilience and strength of the human spirit. Her diary, published as “The Diary of a Young Girl,” symbolizes hope in the darkest times. Today, as the world grapples with hatred and intolerance, Anne’s narrative remains as relevant as ever. Her story reminds audiences of the enduring strength that can emerge from adversity.

David Serero’s inspiring portrayal of Otto Frank in “Anne Frank, a Musical” is both powerful and profoundly moving. He embodies the essence of a parent striving to protect his family amidst the horrors of persecution. Serero’s portrayal adds a new layer of depth to the production, depicting Otto as a symbol of a father’s enduring love, the pain of loss, and the responsibility of carrying Anne’s legacy. Audiences connect with his portrayal, recognizing the strength of family bonds and the importance of remembering the past. David Serero’s direction brings attention to details, esthetics, appreciation of crafted vocals, and varied emotions throughout the show, bringing life to all characters with their particular identities. 

A Sobering Reminder of the Past:

“Anne Frank, a Musical” serves as a sobering reminder that the echoes of history still resonate today. The production conveys the importance of preserving the memory of those who have suffered and the necessity of educating future generations about the consequences of discrimination, prejudice, and hatred.

The Timelessness of Anne’s Message:

“Anne Frank’s diary is not just a historical artifact but a timeless testament to the human spirit’s ability to persevere even in the most trying circumstances,” said Serero. “Her words inspire worldwide audiences to confront prejudice and intolerance while advocating for a more inclusive and compassionate world. In a time when dialogue and understanding are vital, Anne’s message can unite people in their commitment to a world free from hatred,” concluded Serero.

“Anne Frank, a Musical” has proven to be more than just a theatrical performance; it’s a powerful cultural statement at the crossroads of opera, oratorio, and musical theater. In a world that persists, this adaptation of Anne’s life resonates deeply within the communities and beyond. It reinforces the importance of remembrance, unity, and the shared vision of a world where prejudice has no place. As Serero’s production continues to captivate audiences Off-Broadway, he delivers a testament to the enduring relevance of Anne Frank’s indomitable spirit and her call for a more compassionate, understanding, and peaceful world.

“Anne Frank, a Musical” plays until November 5, 2023, at the Actors Temple Theater at 339 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036. Tickets are available on telecharge.com or 212.239.6200

The cast includes Zoey Burger (Anne Frank), David Serero (Otto Frank), Kelly Fuller (Peter), Marko Dumancic (Hermann Van Pels),  Aaron Penzel (Fritz Pfeffer), Mackenzie Tank (Augusta Van Pels), Alexander Ullian (Narrator), Yardèn Barr (Margot), Paloma Aisenberg (Edith Frank), Madison Merlanti (Miep), Alina Garcia (Soloist + U/S all female roles), Liza Suzanna (U/S all female roles), Steven Harris (U/S all male roles), Benjamin Balatbat (piano), E. Zoe Hassman (cello). Directed and produced by David Serero.

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