FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH Sets Off-Broadway Return Engagement

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Steven Skybell in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish | Photo: Lev Radin

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Dan Meyer
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“Traditsye” is returning to Off-Broadway. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present a limited engagement of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, starting later this year. The musical will begin performances November 13 at New World Stages, following its critically acclaimed run a few years ago. It is spoken and sung in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles.

Returning for this production is director Joel Grey and Steven Skybell as Tevye. Original choreography is by Jerome Robbins, with musical staging and new choreography by Staś Kmieć. More casting and creative team members will be announced at a later date.

“The fictional Anatevka of Fiddler on the Roof is based on shtetls that were located outside of Kyiv in present-day Ukraine. We can’t help but think of the displaced residents of Anatevka while a new generation of refugees are fleeing their homeland due to the current crisis,” says NYTF’s Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek. “It seems like an appropriate moment for us to revisit this timeless show, and to experience its joy, sorrow, humor and universal truths in this expressive translation that enriches the experience for all audiences, whether or not you know a word of Yiddish.”

The Yiddish production, which premiered in 2018, won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, a New York Drama Critics Circle Special Citation, and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical Revival, with Skybell winning a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.

Fiddler on the Roof features a book by Joseph Stein, based on stories by Sholem Aleichem, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. The Yiddish translation is by Shraga Friedman. The musical premiered on Broadway, in English, in 1964 and won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Tickets go on sale July 27 at 10 AM here.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.

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