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Joel Grey Celebrates His Birthday at Fiddler on the Roof

Watch Grey's off-Broadway cast sing to their director a special birthday song.

Joel Grey, director of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (A Fidler Afn Dakh), celebrated his 87th birthday with his off-Broadway cast yesterday at Stage 42. Take a look at photos from the festivites in Anatevka, along with a special birthday video the cast filmed singing "When I Was Eight Days Old" — the song Grey's father wrote for him as a young performer in the Borscht Belt.

Jennifer Babiak, Joel Grey, Adam B. Shapiro, and Steven Skybell celebrate Grey's birthday on the stage of Yiddish Fiddler.
(© Tricia Baron)

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish was first presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where it ran from July 4-December 30, 2018. The production then transferred to Stage 42, where it opened on February 21.


(© Tricia Baron)

The cast of Fiddler on the Roof features 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 as Bobe Tsatyl, Kirk Geritano as Avrom, Abby Goldfarb as Female Swing, Samantha Hahn as Beylke, Cameron Johnson as Fyedka, John Giesige as Male Swing and 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 Stevko as Mendl, Lauren Jeanne Thomas as Der Fiddler, Bobby Underwood as Der Gradavoy, Mikhl Yashinsky as Nokhum and Mordkhe, and Rachel Zatcoff as Tsaytl.

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