In her award winning show Golda’s Balcony, by William Gibson, Tovah Feldshuh takes on the persona of Golda Meir. Supervised by Scott Schwartz, Golda’s Balcony earned Ms. Feldshuh a Tony award nomination for Best Actress, and on October 3, 2004, Golda’s Balcony became the longest-running one-woman show in the history of Broadway, a record it still holds. The play is a portrait of the indomitable Meir, the Milwaukee schoolteacher who became Prime Minister of Israel in 1969. From the pogroms of Russia to the halls of the Knesset, Meir’s life – and the play – enscapsulates the dramatic story of Israel in the 20th century.
In Tovah: Out of Her Mind, Ms. Feldshuh sings songs from Gershwin to Judy Collins and inhabits a gallery of hilarious characters from socialite Muffy Brooke Asthma Alsop on Park Avenue to Grandma Ada in the Bronx. She has been hired by a variety of clients from Great Britain’s United Jewish Israel Appeal; to Sydney, Australia’s JCA; to New York City’s St. Vincent’s Hospital to perform this custom-tailored program, which the Boston Globe named the Best Cabaret/Concert of the Year.
For her work on Broadway as the original Yentl, to Dona Flor in the musical Saravà! and Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, to the title roles in Irena’s Vow and Golda’s Balcony, Ms. Feldshuh has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and has earned four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress.
She recently finished playing Deanna Monroe, head of Alexandria, in the runaway hit The Walking Dead on AMC. She can also be seen on Starz as Russian Ballet Mistress, Ivana, in the miniseries Flesh & Bone. Most recently, she was tapped to play Naomi Bunch, mother of Rebecca in the Golden Globe-winning hit, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on the CW, where she can be seen singing the dignified showstopper: “Where’s the Bathroom!”
Ms. Feldshuh was also nominated for two Emmys for her work as defense attorney Danielle Melnick in Law & Order and for her portrayal of Czech freedom fighter Helena Slomova, in NBC’s Holocaust. In The Amazing Howard Hughes, she starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones, and similarly starred alongside James Woods in Citizen Cohn, Bill Cosby in The Cosby Mysteries and The Cosby Show, Richard Dreyfuss in The Education of Max Bickford, and Piper Perabo in USA’s Covert Affairs.