Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof Will Transfer to Off-Broadway’s Stage 42

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The production directed by Joel Grey from the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene transitions to a commercial run in February 2019.
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After an extended sold-out run at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the recent production of Fiddler on the Roof from the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will move to Off-Broadway's Stage 42. Performances will begin February 11, 2019, prior to a February 21 opening.

The production officially opened July 15. Directed by Joel Grey, the staging stars Steven Skybell as Tevye and Emmy nominee and Broadway veteran Jackie Hoffman as Yente; both will reprise their performances in the move uptown. Additional casting for the transfer will be announced at a later date.

Fiddler was set for a limited run through August 26, but due to popular demand extended to September 2, again to October 25, again to November 18, and once more to December 30.

Performed in Yiddish—as are all of the productions from NYTF—this Fiddler features a translation by Shraga Friedman, first used in a performance in Israel in 1965. The production is accompanied by supertitles in English and Russian.

With musical staging and choreography by Staś Kmieć, Fiddler features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Dan Moses Schrier, hair and wig design by Tom Watson, and casting by Jamibeth Margolis.

Fiddler on the Roof was written by Joseph Stein with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Harnick and producer/director Harold Prince consulted on the current NYTF production.

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