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BAGELS! is a new musical inspired by a truly monumental event in history, the invention of the first, automated bagel machine!

For years, Ronny Kaplan has worked by his Father Izzy’s side, helping him to achieve his lifelong dream; to invent the first automated bagel-making machine. But when Ronny alone comes up with a better design, and wealthy Cousin Howard offers to invest in it over his Father’s original effort, not only does it cause a big family rift, but Ronny discovers that with a not-so-kosher business partner, an upset wife, and some angry bagel bakers stirring up trouble, he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

Bagels! the musical was a finalist in the 2015 Neil Simon Playwriting Contest. It was chosen to be in the Jewish Ensemble Theatre’s 2016 JETfest, and was a finalist in the 2019 TRU Voices reading series.

Book and Lyrics by Chana Wise, Music by Carl Johnson.