CHERRY HILL – A few more months before the opening, but many here want to lower the curtain on the planned musical about the infamous murder, commissioned by the then famous rabbi Fred Neulander.

“This is our story,” said Drew Molotsky, president of the M’kor Shalom Congregation in Cherry Hill, about the assassination of Carol Neulander, the rabbi’s wife, in November 1994.

“It’s about our friends and our community, and it’s very serious for us,” said Molotsky, one of several South Jersey residents who spoke during the show.

The Los Angeles Theater originally described the musical “The Evil Soul in Cherry Hill” as “a true crime story told entirely through song.”

The Geffen Playhouse also said the show, scheduled for June 21 to July 24, was written “with humor and impudence.” But she abandoned that language and made other changes as the backlash grew.

Local critics have argued that no revision can justify the musical because of the deadly beating of Carol Neulander, an entrepreneur, community leader and mother of three.

“Destroying it or using it for entertainment is not something we ever indulge in,” Molotsky said.

Carol Neulander, bakery owner, mother and wife of Rabbi Cherry Hill Fred Neulander, was killed to death in 1994.  Her husband and two others were convicted in a notorious hired murder case.

Fred Neulander, who founded M’kor Shalom in 1974, was convicted in 2002 for paying two men for the deadly beating of his wife during a staged robbery at the couple’s home. The rabbi wanted his wife dead so he could continue the romance, authorities said.

Now the 80-year-old Neulander is serving a life sentence for murder without parole until June 2030.

A statement from one of Neulander’s children said the family was “doubted and upset” by the planned production.

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