"Habby Bairday", Najee Mondalek's most ambitious theatrical production premiered Saturday, February 19, 2000, amidst all the glamour and glitz of a Broadway show.
More than a stage play surrounding the principal characters of past shows, "Habby Bairday" dazzled the audience with colorful stage sets, a rousing musical score, creatively choreographed dances, a cast of more than 38, and a reprise of familiar skits from previous shows. All designed to celebrate the 10th birthday of AJYAL's first theatrical production in the United States. Im Hussein, the center character, reigned supremely funny, playing off her familiar cast mates. In a broader sweep, Najee punctuates the production with poignant, thought-provoking moments. In all, it was - and is - a birthday worth celebrating over and over again.
This exciting, colorful production was performed in the 1999-2000 season in Michigan, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.
The show was written and directed by Najee Mondalek, and was released on videotape in December 2001, and on DVD in March 2005.
"Habby Bairday" Cast list: Najee Mondalek, Michael Mondalek, Ayman Safaoui, Hassan Haj, Rita Srour, Lolita El-Hage Malisky, Christiane Yasso, Nicole Mashini, Hassib Dagher, Bilal Mattar, Eric Fountain, and 18 young dancers from the "Cedar's Folkloric Dance Group". The belly dancers "Troupe Ta'amulat" performed few dances during the show.