Lipa Schmeltzer Reaches For Broadway and Beyond

Controversial Hasidic Superstar Breaks Expectations

Superstar: After producing his Broadway show, Hasidic music sensation Lipa Schmeltzer is promoting his new album “Dus Pintele — The Hidden Spark” and attending college in the evenings.
Courtesy of Lipa Schmeltzer
Superstar: After producing his Broadway show, Hasidic music sensation Lipa Schmeltzer is promoting his new album “Dus Pintele — The Hidden Spark” and attending college in the evenings.

By Frimet Goldberger

Published January 23, 2014, issue of January 24, 2014.
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The show’s motto was “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” What does that mean to you?

If I can say this in the open — I was the guy in the longer beard. I was the guy in the black suit. I am judged by everybody in the past year who says: “Lipa changed. He has a smaller beard; he has this and that.”

If you think the world is judgmental, the Jewish community, especially the more radical it becomes, is crazy judgmental.

But I realized that I came a long way. I undertake crazy risks; I do things others have not done. I took 23 credits in school, made a new album, went through all negativity with the two controversial songs and then this show.

The beautiful thing about this is that in two days I will sit in class with 18-year-olds and a professor who has no idea what I did in Town Hall. I am taking a winter session. And that’s the beautiful thing, that it doesn’t get to my head and I feel like I am one of them.


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