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Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish to return to Off-Broadway

NEW YORK, NY National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has announced a seven-week return engagement of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, the award-winning production of one of the world’s most beloved musicals. The production, a New York Times Critic’s Pick, will play a strictly limited seven-week return engagement from Nov. 13, 2022 to January 1, 2023 Off-Broadway at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Fiddler on the Roof is presented in Yiddish with English and Russian Supertitles.   

The acclaimed production is directed once again by Oscar and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey. Also returning to recreate his award-winning performance is Steven Skybell who stars as Tevye. Choreography is by Jerome Robbins with musical staging and new choreography by Staś Kmieć.

Fiddler on the Roof features a book by Joseph Stein based on stories by Sholem Aleichem, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Yiddish translation is by Shraga Friedman. The original 1964 Broadway production, produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince and directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical has been playing on world stages ever since its original Broadway production.

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) is the longest consecutively producing theatre in the US and the world’s oldest continuously operating Yiddish theatre company. NYTF’s Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, originally produced in 2018, sold out for six months before moving uptown to Off-Broadway’s Stage 42 where it played for a year. The production won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, a New York Drama Critics Circle Special Citation, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical Revival, and a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical – Steven Skybell. Earlier this year, NYTF staged the New York premiere of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s award-winning Harmony.

“It seems like an appropriate moment for us to revisit this timeless show, and to experience its joy, sorrow, humor and universal truths in this expressive translation that enriches the experience for all audiences, whether or not you know a word of Yiddish,” commented NYTF’s Artistic Director, Zalmen Mlotek.

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, a New York Drama Critics Circle Special Citation, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical Revival, and a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical – Steven Skybell.

The production was also nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical (Joel Grey), Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Steven Skybell), and Outstanding Orchestrations (Larry Blank); Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Revival, Outstanding Director (Joel Grey), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Jackie Hoffman); Drama League Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Distinguished Performance Award (Steven Skybell); Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Director of a Musical (Joel Grey) and Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Steven Skybell); and a Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Ensemble. 

Tickets and info at nytf.org/fiddler or at Telecharge.com (212) 239-6200).

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