The Hebrew Hillbilly® - Fifty Shades of Oy Vey!, written and performed by singer songwriter Shelley Fisher, is a musical one woman play which chronicles Ms. Fisher’s Hollywood odyssey that begins in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and Bar-b-cue. Growing up Jewish in the deep South with a flamboyant mother who frowned on her dating the local redneck boys, the Hebrew Hillbilly begins singing as a little girl and never stops. From her early years as a blonde bombshell, through her current incarnation as The Memphis Belle of L.A., Ms Fisher has been on a show business rollercoaster that slows down just long enough for her audience to climb on board this deeply personal, yet universally appealing and hilarious ride. The production is directed by Rory Mitchell and produced by Debra Ehrhardt, with 14 songs written by Shelley Fisher, Ken Hirsch (musical director and keyboard accompanist), and Harold Payne.
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Shelley Fisher was born with a slightly tarnished silver fork in her mouth. Through her house wafted the sweet honey suckled aromas of her Mama's down home cookin'.
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Ken Hirsch is an award winning, internationally known songwriter. As a youngster he studied at The Juilliard School of Music and graduated from Queens College, NY with a major in music.
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Harold Payne is a multi-platinum songwriter whose soulful uplifting songs and husky heartfelt vocals combined with his uncanny gift for spontaneity have graced stages around the world.
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Debra Ehrhardt produced her first award-winning play, Mango Mango, and Invisible Chairs, which was later produced by David Strasberg at the Marilyn Monroe theatre in West Hollywood and later optioned as a situation comedy by Fox.
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Flamingo Blues Entertainment proudly presents the
Spring 2015 Season of The Hebrew Hillbilly® - Fifty Shades of Oy Vey!:
"Memphis-native singer/songwriter, Shelley Fisher, rips the roof off the Santa Monica Playhouse with her bluesy, ballsy, autobiographical one-woman show, The Hebrew Hillbilly - while ripping at the heartstrings of her packed houses."
~Bonnie Priever (LA Musical Theater Examiner)
"Fisher has a spectacular voice, worthy of a cabaret performance, along with a charming country drawl. She is the epitome of down home charm meets urban sophisticate. "
~Xaque Gruber (Huffington Post)
"A rare Southern gem."
~Rachel Bailit (InHollywood Magazine)
"Thanks to this talented lady from Memphis, TN - who is a dash of Mae West, and a pinch of Dolly Parton - the stage vibrates with her songs, anecdotes...and Yiddish charm."
~Pam Price (SanDiegoTheatreReviews.com)
"She is a radiant performer who, by her warm presentation, gives her audience a feeling that they know her and can empathize with her."
~Carol Kaufman Segal (ReviewPlays.com)
"When I watch Shelly Fisher on stage, I feel as if I am immediately transported to the world of laughter and tears. I've so enjoyed this journey, which she presents with taste and the greatest level of artistry. Not only does her singing touch your heart, but her songs (many of which she wrote) and her acting is of the top calibre artists. What an evening!"
~Cantor Judy Fox
"The “Hebrew Hillbilly” is a unique and personal musical and dramatic experience of one womanʼs journey growing up as a Jewess in the South...Memphis Tennessee, to be exact. Shelley Fisher will have you laughing your kishkes off one moment as she describes her version of Jewish Southern Cuisine..."
~Cantor Linda Rich
"I attended your performance in Santa Monica on Sunday. A tour de force! I was very impressed with your powerful voice, your expressive songs and your charismatic presence on stage."
~Cantor Doug Cotler