The American premiere of the Yiddish-language adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof began performances at the Edmond J. Safra Theatre at the Museum of Jewish Heritage July 4. The Off-Broadway staging from National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is presented in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles.
The production stars Jackie Hoffman, Steven Skybell, and Mary Illes in the roles of Yente, Tevye, and Golde, respectively.
Directed by Oscar and Tony winner Joel Grey, the production marks the first time the Yiddish version of the musical has been staged since its world premiere in Israel more than 50 years ago.
Flip through photos of the production below:
First Look at the Yiddish Production of Fiddler on the Roof Off-Broadway
Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish is based on the Tevye the Dairyman vignettes by Sholem Aleichem and is translated by Shraga Friedman. Tony-winning Fiddler lyricist Sheldon Harnick and producer and director Harold Prince have been consulting with NYTF on the production.
The creative team also features Tony-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt, Tony-winning costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, choreographer Staś Kmieć, Tony-nominated sound designer Dan Moses Schreier, and Tony-winning lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski. Casting is by Jamibeth Margolis, C.S.A, and Zalmen Mlotek is NYTF's artistic director.