Goyband (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Goyband (2008)
  • Rate: 3.8/10 total 22 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Filming Location: Catskill Mountains, New York, USA
  • Director: Christopher Grimm
  • Stars: Adam Pascal, Josh Alexander and Michael Apuzzo
  • Original Music By: Dan Bar-Hava   

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Dan Bar-Hava  writer
  • Christopher Grimm  writer
  • Christa McNamee  writer

Known Trivia

  • “Goyband” will premiere at the 10th Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque on December 13th, 2008.
  • Goyband will premiere in the USA at the Syd Jacobson JCC in East Hills, Long Island, NY at the Randi and Bruce Pergament Jewish Fil Festival on July 1st 2009.
  • Filming took 26 days to complete. Lead Adam Pascal was either on camera or practicing dance moves for 25 out of those 26 days.
  • It was so cold on-site at the resort used, plus Goyband LLC couldn’t afford the heat the place, that the interiors were all filmed in a studio.
  • Adam Pascal cannot read sheet music, so the music director (Dan Bar-Hava) had to play a line of music for Adam to repeat. Adam is a quick learner with this method.
  • The casting director (Adreinne Stern) pursued Adam Pascal at the request of her daughter, who is a huge fan of the Broadway musical RENT. Adam originated the role of Roger Davis in RENT, both onstage and the motion picture.
  • There are two versions of the audience’s reaction to Bobby Starr’s revamped act: one where they all get up and dance, and the version in the film, where they are clap in unison.

Plot: Not "everything" in this Casino is Kosher. Full summary »  »

Story: Goyband is a romantic comedy that fuses music and pop culture with a satirical (albeit gentle) look into Orthodox Judaism and Kabbalah. The word "Goy" is Yiddish for a non-Jewish male. In our story, Adam Pascal of "Rent" fame plays ex-boyband pop star, Bobby Starr. Bobby Starr is booked to headline the grand opening of the first Kosher Casino in the Catskills, (hence the title Goyband.) The reason Bobby gets this unlikely booking is that the daughter of the hotel owner, Rebekkah (played by Amy Davidson of "8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter") has a secret crush on him – hiring him to perform live at the hotel is her last act of rebellion before committing to her arranged marriage.Written by Chris Grimm and Christa McNamee  


Synopsis: A former boy-band superstar falls for a rebellious Jewish girl while performing at the world’s first kosher hotel/casino in this romantic comedy starring Adam Pascal. Back in the 1990s, Bobby Starr (Pascal) was sending teenage girls into a frenzy as the brooding front man of Eye Candy, one of the biggest boy bands ever. But fame is fleeting, and these days the former chart-topper falls back on nostalgia to maintain a steady income, frequently performing at birthday parties and bar mitzvahs for the children of his former fans. When Bobby begins his week-long stand at the Mazel Hotel and casino, the head rabbis are flummoxed — how did this hip-swinging gentile land a gig performing for Orthodox Jews? The answer to this question lies with Rebekka, the daughter of the hotel’s owner. Rebekka has harbored a crush on Bobby since childhood, and it was she who suggested her father hire the has-been to help open the hotel. As Bobby begins planning what he hopes will be his comeback show, Rebekka rails against her prearranged marriage to the son of a prestigious Kabbalah rabbi. After learning a few things about the Jewish faith with a little help from hip-hop-obsessed janitor Ty, Bobby quickly discovers just how seriously his new hosts take the Sabbath while forming a particularly close bond with the girl who was once his biggest fan.

–Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Produced By:

  • Dan Bar-Hava known as co-producer
  • Daniel Blumberg known as executive producer
  • Mario Chioldi known as line producer
  • David Fuhrer known as executive producer
  • Itai Horstock known as executive producer
  • Courtenay W. Irving known as associate producer (as Courtenay Irving)
  • Christa McNamee known as co-producer
  • David Schiavone known as producer
  • Christopher J. Scott known as producer
  • George Elias Stephanopoulos known as associate producer
  • Michael Thomas known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Adam Pascal known as Bobby
  • Josh Alexander known as Uriel
  • Michael Apuzzo known as Backup Dancer & Fan
  • Amber Baldinelli known as Birthday Party Bolwer (as Amber Lee)
  • Aaron Balk known as Running Boy at lunch
  • Jenelle Balk known as Running Girl at lunch
  • Benjamin Bauman known as Haim
  • Sarah Burns known as Casino Guest
  • Bern Cohen known as Jeremiah the Gambler
  • Amy Davidson known as Rebekka
  • Lucky Diamond known as Lucky Diamond
  • Wendy Diamond known as Wendy Diamond
  • Alana DiMaria known as Eye to Eye Music Video Dancer
  • Dean Edwards known as Ty
  • Tibor Feldman known as Moe
  • Tovah Feldshuh known as Leah
  • Elena Franklin known as Kelly
  • Larry Goldstein known as Raziel
  • Jessica Eleanor Grant known as Jessica from RIPE
  • Zoe Lister Jones known as Hani
  • Cris Judd known as Elliot
  • Joel Leffert known as Grand Rabbi Sheinman
  • Erik Liberman known as Marvin
  • Valerie Anne Liston known as Audience Member
  • Natasha Lyonne known as Fani
  • Christa McNamee known as Christa from RIPE
  • Leslie C. Nemet known as Casino Dealer
  • Lia Parkin known as Penelope
  • Cassandra Rivera known as Audience member
  • D. Justyn Ryan known as Kabbalah Dancer
  • Scott P. Sasso known as Birthday party guest
  • Kevin Sebastian known as Hotel Guest
  • Amanda Jane Stern known as Girl at services (as Amanda Stern)
  • Glenn Wein known as Issac
  • Natalie Wells known as Casino guest
  • Stephanie Weyman known as Sarah
  • William Wise known as Manny

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Chelsea Manifold known as assistant makeup artist
  • Layna Roberts known as key hair stylist (as Laynea Roberts)
  • Layna Roberts known as key makeup artist (as Laynea Roberts)
  • Nikos Tzortzinakis known as hair stylist
  • Nikos Tzortzinakis known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Tim Sullivan known as property master
  • Heather Wellik known as set dresser


Production Companies:

  • Red Sky Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Avilon Audio  sound post-production
  • Gray Krauss Des Rochers  legal services
  • Hanns Wolters International  world sales


  • Marvista Entertainment (2009) (USA) (all media)
  • Osiris Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

  • Israel 13 December 2008 (Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival)
  • USA 1 July 2009 (Randi and Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival)
  • USA 29 September 2009 (Manhattan Jewish Community Center)
  • USA 9 October 2009 (Silk City Film Festival)
  • USA 9 October 2009 (Long Island Film Festival)


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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