Chita Rivera, Karen Ziemba, director Norman Jewison, and Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Counsul General of Israel, have been announced to join the lineup of Raising the Roof, an all-star benefit concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof. The event will take place June 9 at New York's Town Hall.
Raising the Roof also celebrates the 100th anniversary of The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene and the 90th birthday of its Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning lyricist, Sheldon Harnick. As previously announced, the concert will also feature Chaim Topol (Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Award winner for the 1972 film), Jerry Zaks, Andrea Martin, Randy Graff, Peg Murray, Adrienne Barbeau, Liz Larsen, Louis Zorich, Pia Zadora, Fyvush Finkel, Austin Pendleton, Jackie Hoffman, violinist Joshua Bell, and trumpeter and composer Frank London. Original Fiddler producer Harold Prince, Harvey Fierstein (Casa Valentina), and veteran theater critic Frank Rich will serve as honorary cochairs.
Also performing will be Robert Aberdeen, Maurice Edwards, Tanya Everett-Bagot, Louis Genevrino, Sandra Kazan, Faye Menken-Schneier, Joanna Merlin, Carolyn Mignini, Joe Ponazecki, Larry Ross, Carol Sawyer, Roberta Senn, Harriet Slaughter, Mimi Turque-Marre, Leslie Alexander, Joanne Borts, Mike Burstyn, Rachel Coloff, T. Doyle Leverett, Michael J. Farina, Kerry Frances, Deborah Grausman, Rebecca Hoodwin, Lori Ada Jaroslow, Mark Sanders, Donalyn Petrucci-Shreve, Cheryl Stern, and Lori Wilner, plus a choir of 36 children.
Raising the Roof will also feature appearances by Bel Kaufman, the 103-year-old granddaughter of famed Yiddish author and playwright Sholom Aleichem, who wrote Fiddler's source material, Tevye and His Daughters, and Alisa Solomon, author of the acclaimed book Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof.
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