when Joel Grey made Cabaret i bet he wasn’t thinking too hard
about his 12-year-old daughter at home
who, 15-years-later, would look jewish at all
dancing with the perfect goyishe specimen
on the same stage where Joel met the monkey.
because if you could see her through my eyes you’d see her foot turns out slightly
when she sees him coming, like she’s ready to run,
or be spun!
it’s not something Joel Grey thought he really had to worry about
working long days on set with Bob and Liza and whoever was in the gorilla costume
come to think about it, he never asked ? he just assumed it didn’t matter
he’d didn’t think about Jennifer when he whispered that last line, imperceptibly proud,
but he hoped she wouldn’t be so anonymous. tomorrow belonged to her
so the first time Jennifer Grey heard she’d had the time of her life, she looked around, and up
eyes wide, because she really had ????? all while Dancing Dirty
even though they didn’t really get along and he got upset when she laughed
(and she couldn’t stop laughing. she was giddy and yiddy and fair)
she called her dad and told him about spinning around the person two times her size
she said the air 8-feet-up was sweeter than the air she knew on the ground
and he recognized her! the logical conclusion of an illogical pattern
but a break with the family tradition of being the tinier partner
Sarah Jae Leiber is a screenwriter/playwright/essayist/funny person from Philadelphia. She’s the entertainment editor at BroadwayWorld with bylines at Bitch, The Niche, The Broadway Beat, and more. Her dramedy pilot, “Hearts and Bones,” was a semifinalist in the 2021 ScreenCraft TV Pilot Competition. Follow her on Twitter @sarahjaeleiber.