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Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof Announces an Off-Broadway Transfer

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

The cast of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene revival of Fiddler on the Roof, transferring the Stage 42 this February.
(© Victor Nechay)

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's extended revival of Fiddler on the Roof has announced a transfer to Stage 42 — last home to the off-Broadway revival of Smokey Joe's Cafe. The Yiddish-language production, which has been running at the Museum of Jewish Heritage since July 4, will play its final performance downtown on December 30 and begin its run at Stage 42 on February 11, 2019 ahead of a February 21 opening.

Directed by Joel Grey, the Stage 42 mounting of Fiddler on the Roof will feature Steven Skybell reprising his role as Tevye and Emmy nominee Jackie Hoffman reprising her role as Yente. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

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.

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