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 ©tevko 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 Sta¶ 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.