Yaron Kafkafi

Yaron Kafkafi

a composer, playwright and director based in Israel

For over two decades, Yaron Kafkafi has been one of the most acclaimed composers, lyricists and playwrights in Israel. He has written over 20 hit musicals earning him the local title “King of Musicals.”
Yaron started his professional career as an actor and comedian. In 1992, he wrote, composed and directed "David - The Musical". ‘David’ ran from 1992-2003 and turned into Israel's first cult musical. ‘David’ had sold out productions throughout the country and launched several of its performers into celebrity status. Following the success of ‘David’, Yaron was commissioned to write and compose the songs for an Israeli adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" .This unique production owns the distinction of being in the Guinness Book of World Records for most performances in one week. It also had its soundtrack published in four different versions (1994, 1999, 2006, 2015).

Since then he has composed or directed a new musical almost every year: "The Prince and The Pauper” with Chaim Topol and Arnon Milchan as producers(1996), "The Heart" (1997), "Hasamba - The Secret Pack" (1998), "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1999, 2007, 2017), "King of Siam" (2000, 2012), "King Arthur" (2001), "Speed and his Magic Wheels" (2003), "Peter Pan" (2004, 2012, 2015), "1976" (2006), "The Three Musketeers" (2013), "Noah's Ark" (2016), "The Golden Gate" (2016) and "Born in Jerusalem" (2016), a musical blockbuster based on the autobiography of Yehoram Gaon, Israel's most prestigious and beloved artist.

His original musicals "Living Example" (2004, 2008, 2015) and "Can't Help It" (2007) won the esteemed Autumn Theatre Festival of Tel-Aviv's Best Play award. In 2015, he wrote and composed the musical "Messiah" for the Bat-Yam musical festival and is currently adapting it for Broadway.

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Yaron Kafkafi may be the most deserving Israeli director for the title “King of Musicals”.
Hemmi Uzan – Zman Tel-Aviv – Mar. 11, 2005

Reviews

Highlights of press and media reviews 1992-2015

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Messiah 2015
Beyond the well-structured play, it’s the superb music he composed, the transitions that never cease to surprise, and the diversity of talent that exhibit no parallels in Israel.
Merav Yudilovitch - Ynet - Dec. 9, 2015
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King of Siam 2012
The Hebrew adaptation of the book by Yaron Kafkafi turned to be extremely successful, alongside the fluent plot, and the King’s hilarious idiomatic phrases, he also successfully supplies moral themes of linking between the different culture and accepting the other.
Michal Ben-Ari, Lihiyot Horim – Jan. 15, 2013
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DAVID 1992
The audience was glued to its chair and wouldn't get up... A biblical musical which is funny and witty.
Rennen Mosinzon - Tel Aviv Magazine - 1992
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Speed and the Magic Wheels 2003
“Speed and the Magic Wheels” is a collaboration between 2 of the hottest names in the family entertainment. The first is Eno Rozen, expert in impressive physical theatre. The second is Yaron Kafkafi, who is accountable for a few styled stirring blockbusters musicals.
Shai Bar-Yaackov – Yediot Ahronot – Dec. 22, 2003
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Around the World in Eighty Days 1999
Yaron Kafkafi adapted Jules Verne’s novel to a play, he’s also responsible for the music and the direction. His direction is meticulous and rhythmic, and the music is catchy and diverse. He is excellent in merging music with staging and plot, thus creates harmony between the different layers.
Yehuda Biton - HaAretz - Dec. 5, 1999
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Living Example 2004
Best original musical 2004 - “Living Example” a brilliant creative professional show. Its content touches the hearts of all ages. A musical that strongly addresses its audiences.
The Tel-Aviv “Theatrical Autumn Festival” academy - October 2004