CASTING COMPLETE FOR “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH”- TICKETS ON SALE 12/17
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
TICKETS GO ON SALE DECEMBER 17 FOR THE
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF
“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH”
DIRECTED BY JOEL GREY
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT BEGINS PREVIEWS FEBRUARY 11, 2019
OPENS FEBRUARY 21, 2019
AT STAGE 42 on 42ND STREET
New York, NY (December 12, 2018) Producers Hal Luftig and Jana Robbins in association with Sandy Block announced today that tickets for the uptown transfer of the critically-acclaimed National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF – Christopher Massimine, CEO; Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director) production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish will go on sale to the public beginning on Monday, December 17, 2018. The production will begin performances at Stage 42 (422 W 42nd St., formerly The Little Shubert Theatre) on Monday, February 11, 2019, open officially on Thursday, February 21, 2019 and will play a limited engagement through June 30, 2019. Tickets will be available to purchase through Telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200 and at the box office beginning on January 14, 2019.
The unprecedented success of this Yiddish language production of Fiddler – which is accompanied with English and Russian supertitles – is currently being presented off-Broadway by NYTF at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Place), extended and sold out four times since it began there on July 4, 2018. The show is currently running at the Museum through December 30, 2018, following which it will move uptown to Stage 42.
Directed by Academy® Award-and-Tony® Award winner Joel Grey, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish also announced its complete cast: Broadway veteran Steven Skybell as Tevye, Emmy® Award-nominee Jackie Hoffman as Yente, Jennifer Babiak as Golde, Joanne Borts as Sheyndl, Michael Einav as Ensemble; Lisa Fishman Bobe Tsatyl, Kirk Geritano as Avrom; Abby Goldfarb as Female Swing; Samantha Hahn as Beylke; Cameron Johnson as Fyedka; John Giesige as Male Swing/Dance Captain; Ben Liebert as Motl Kamzoyl; Moshe Lobel as Understudy; Stephanie Lynne Mason as Hodl; Evan Mayer as Sasha; Rosie Jo Neddy as Khave; Raquel Nobile as Shprintze; Jonathan Quigley as Ensemble; Nick Raynor as Yosl; Bruce Sabath as Leyzer- Volf; Kayleen Seidl as Ensemble; Drew Seigla as Perchik; Adam B. Shapiro as Der Rov; Jodi Snyder as Frume-Sore; James Monroe Števko as Mendl; Lauren Jeanne Thomas as Der Fiddler; Bobby Underwood as Der Gradavoy; Mikhl Yashinsky as Nokhum/Mordkhe and Rachel Zatcoff as Tsaytl.
One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, Fiddler on The Roof features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book by Joseph Stein with original New York Stage direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins.
The creative team for this Fiddler features musical staging and new choreography by Staś Kmieć, musical direction by Zalmen Mlotek, set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, wig and hair design by Tom Watson, props by Addison Heeren and casting by Jamibeth Margolis, CSA.
Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish had never been staged in the United States until this production was presented at NYTF. The story of Fiddler on the Roof is based originally on the Tevye the Dairyman vignettes by Sholem Aleichem. The Yiddish translation, originally performed in Israel in 1965, was artfully crafted by Shraga Friedman, a renown Israeli actor/director just one year after the Broadway debut of Fiddler on the Roof. Friedman, a native Yiddish speaker, was born in Warsaw and was able to escape from a war-torn Europe, along with his family, who made their way to Tel Aviv in 1941. Well acquainted with the works of Aleichem, Friedman used his translation to infuse Fiddler with rich literary references to the original Yiddish stories.
The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, was the first musical theatre production in history to surpass 3,000 performances; the show won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tony Awards that year; and has performed in every metropolitan city in the world from Paris to Beijing.
PREVIEW PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Monday, February 11 at 7 pm
Tuesday, February 12 at 7 pm
Wednesday, February 13 at 7 pm
Thursday, February 14 at 1 pm and 7 pm
Friday, February 15 at 8 pm
Saturday, February 16 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Monday, February 18 at 7 pm
Tuesday, February 19 at 7 pm
Wednesday, February 20 at 1 pm and 7 pm
Thursday, February 21 – OPENING
Friday, February 22 at 8 pm
Saturday, February 23 at 2 pm and 8 pm
REGULAR POST-OPENING PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Wednesdays at 7 pm; Thursdays at 1 pm and 7 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm; Sundays at 1 pm & 6 pm.
Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish received universal praise from critics.
“Fiddler offers a kind of authenticity that no other American Fiddler ever has.”
-The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)
“A moving triumph and a piercing delight!”
-The Daily Beast
“Fiddler in Yiddish unfolds with majestic simplicity!”
“A richer, deeper interpretation.”
-The Wall Street Journal
“Here’s hoping that Yiddish Fiddler becomes a new tradition!”
-Time Out New York
“Anatevka crackles with a new, more authentic energy.”
-The Jewish Week
“A warm and wonderful Fiddler! This production flavorfully brings out the full value of the material.”
-New York Stage Review
B I O G R A P H I E S
In a theater career that was launched in the early 1950’s, Grey’s credits include Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout); Anything Goes; Wicked; Chicago; George M! (Tony Award nom.); Cabaret (Tony Award). He was Ned Weeks in the Public Theatre’s original off-Broadway production of Larry Kramer’s seminal play, The Normal Heart, in 1986, and co-directed the Tony Award-winning Broadway premiere in 2011. Film credits include Cabaret (Academy Award), Buffalo Bill and the Indians, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Dancer In the Dark, The Seven Percent Solution and many more. Joel is also an internationally exhibited photographer with four published books, Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006), 1.3 – Images From My Phone (2009), and The Billboard Papers (2013). His work is part of the permanent collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art. His memoir, Master of Ceremonies, was released in 2016 (Flatiron Press). Joel Grey made his professional debut at the age of nine as Pud in the Cleveland Playhouse production of On Borrowed Time.
NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATRE FOLKSBIENE
The 104-year-old Tony Award-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) is the longest consecutively producing theatre in the U.S. and the world’s oldest continuously operating Yiddish theatre. Led by CEO Christopher Massimine and Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek, NYTF is dedicated to creating a living legacy through the arts, connecting generations and bridging communities. NYTF aims to bring history to life by reviving and restoring lost and forgotten work, commissioning new work, and adapting pre-existing work for the 21st Century. Serving a diverse audience comprised of performing arts patrons, cultural enthusiasts, Yiddish-language aficionados and the general public, the company presents plays, musicals, concerts, lectures, interactive educational workshops and community-building activities in English and Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles accompanying performances. NYTF provides access to a century-old cultural legacy and inspires the imaginations of the next generation to contribute to this valuable body of work. Learn more at www.NYTF.org. For inquiries regarding National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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