Fiddler on the Roof is one of my all time favorite musicals. It is (of course) a classic American musical, based on the short stories of Tevye the Dairyman, written by Sholom Aleychem over a hundred years ago in Yiddish. What if you could experience Fiddler in Yiddish, the language of its original source material?
Well, guess what? Now you can! In the summer of 2018, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presented Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (aka Fiddler afn Dakh), for the first time ever in this country, at its theatre at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park in Manhattan, for a short seven week run. The show was the surprise hit of the summer, extended four times through the end of the year. From there, it was picked up by commercial producers Hal Luftig and Jana Robbins who moved it to Stage 42 on 42nd Street. The show has won multiple awards, including the 2019 Drama Desk Award for Best Revival!
Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish is directed by Tony-winner Joel Grey (Cabaret, Chicago, etc. etc.). I am thrilled to play the lovelorn butcher Lazar Wolf, alongside Steven Skybell as Tevye, and starring Jackie Hoffman as Yente.
I also understudy Tevye, a role I’ve loved playing since I was a teenager. So far, I’ve been on twelve times as Tevye. Contact me to receive email alerts about when I’m on (that is, if I know in advance!).
And did I mention it’s all in yiddish? It is! But don’t fret if you’re not a yiddish maven – there are supertitles in English AND Russian! Visit fiddlernyc.com for more information (schedule, tickets, etc.) about the show.