Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Lipa Schmeltzer To Perform - But Not Sing - At Mixed Event

Lipa Schmeltzer has announced that he will participate as an entertainer in what is being billed as an “unprecedented” Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Chol HaMoed Succos event. However, he says that his performance will not include singing, in accordance with his policy of not singing at mixed-seating events.

The performance, which has been titled “A Poshiter Bellobration,” is to take place on Thursday, October 16th, Chol Hamoed Succos, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. According to posters advertising the show, only male performers will participate, and proceeds will be donated to a “Yeshiva Scholarship Fund.” The advertisements promise “A Circus With A Poshiter Guest Performer,” a reference to Lipa's latest album, but warn participants not to expect live singing.

A spokesman for the singer explained, “Since Lipa doesn’t sing at mixed seating events, there will be no live singing at this function. However, Lipa will attend and participate as an entertainer, a performer, and as a class act in a class of his own.” Apparently, Lipa’s no-singing-at-mixed-events policy does not extend to “entertaining” or “performing.”

Recent events including the “Big Event” ban and the Camp Ma-Na-Vu Color War breakout have made Lipa Schmeltzer something of a controversial figure. It is yet to be seen what type of response the upcoming Ringling Bros. Performance may provoke from activists in the Orthodox Jewish community who have shown disapproval of Lipa and his performances in the past.

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