Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish Announces Complete Casting
The popular revival from National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene returns for the holiday season.
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has announced complete casting for the off-Broadway return of its popular production Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, which will perform at New World Stages November 13-January 1.
Joining the previously announced Steven Skybell as Tevye will be Lisa Fishman as Yente and Michael Nigro as Fyedke. Jackie Hoffman, who previously portrayed Yente, is currently starring in world premiere of The Tattooed Lady.
One of the most popular musicals ever written, Fiddler on the Roof is based on stories by Sholem Aleichem about life in the Jewish shtetl of Anatevka, where Tevye and Golde try to raise their daughters in a time of intense social change and the ever-present threat of pogroms given the tacit blessing of imperial Russia. This special production presents the musical in the language these characters would have spoken, the same one Aleichem championed in his writing. The score features timeless songs by composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick like "Tradition," "To Life," and "If I Were a Rich Man," all presented in Yiddish.
Many of the performers from the 2018 production return to reprise their roles. They include Jennifer Babiak as Golde, as well as Ben Liebert (Motl), Stephanie Lynne Mason (Hodl), Rosie Jo Neddy (Khave), Bruce Sabath (Leyzer-Volf), Drew Seigla (Pertshik), and Rachel Zatcoff (Tsaytl). The ensemble features old favorites and new faces, including Jonathan Cable (Sasha), Yael Eden Chanukov (Ensemble), John Giesige (Swing), Kirk Geritano (Avrom), Abby Goldfarb (Ensemble), Raquel Nobile (Shprintse), Jonathan Quigley (Chaim), Nick Raynor (Yosl/Dancer/Ensemble), Adam B. Shapiro (Der Rov/Ensemble), Jodi Snyder (Beylke, Frume-Sore), James Monroe Števko (Mendl/Ensemble), Ron Tal (Ensemble), Lauren Jeanne Thomas (Der Fidler), Bobby Underwood (Der Gradavoy), and Mikhl Yashinsky (Nokhum/Mordkhe).
Directed by Joel Grey, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish features scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Tony Award winner Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Tony Award winner Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by five-time Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier, and hair/wig design by two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Tom Watson. NYTF artistic director Zalmen Mlotek is musical director and conductor, with orchestrations by Larry Blank. Merete Muenter is associate director of the production, with NYTF associate artistic director Motl Didner on board as associate director and supertitle designer. Veronica Aglow serves as production stage manager. Staś Kmieć serves as choreographer and staging director.