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Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof Announces Cast Recording

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene production will move to Stage 42 this winter.

Steven Skybell in a scene from Fiddler on the Roof.
Steven Skybell in a scene from Fiddler on the Roof.
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The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's off-Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, directed by Academy and Tony Award winner Joel Grey, has announced plans to release a cast album. The recording, released by Time Life Music and distributed by Warner Music Group, will be available in 2019, with an official date to be announced before the show transfers to off-Broadway's Stage 42.

The recording includes many of the original cast members and features bonus tracks cut from the 1964 production of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway.

Appearing on the recording, and playing the iconic roles of Yente, Tevye, and Golde are, respectively, comedian and Emmy Award nominee Jackie Hoffman (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and Broadway veterans Steven Skybell (Fiddler on the Roof), and Jennifer Babiak (Fiddler on the Roof).

Directed by Joel Grey, the Stage 42 mounting of Fiddler on the Roof will feature Skybell reprising his role as Tevye and Hoffman reprising her role as Yente. The off-Broadway transfer of Fiddler on the Roof is set to begin its run at Stage 42 on February 11 ahead of a February 21 opening.

Featuring a book by Joseph Stein and a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof is inspired by Sholem Alecheim's stories of the milkman Tevye, who tries to hold on to "tradition" as the world around him and his family in the little village of Anatevka changes. The Yiddish translation was crafted by Israeli actor-director Shraga Friedman in 1965 and made its world premiere in Israel more than 50 years ago.

The creative team features musical staging by Staś Kmieć (based on original choreography by Jerome Robbins), musical supervision 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.

The production is executive-produced by Chris Massimine. Sheldon Harnick, the musical's lyricist, and Harold Prince, the musical's original director, serve as consultants on the project.