Jackie Hoffman in Fiddler on the Roof

The Yiddish language version of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Joel Grey and starring Jackie Hoffman, will transfer to Stage 42

Performances begin at Stage 42 on February 11, 2019, ahead of an official opening on February 21.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Tradition heads to Stage 42! The critically acclaimed National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene production of Fiddler on the Roof, performed entirely in the Yiddish-language with English and Russian supertitles, is currently enjoying a celebrated run at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where it has been extended multiple times and is currently running through to December 30, 2018. The production will then move uptown to its new off-Broadway home at Stage 42, beginning previews on February 11, 2019, ahead of an official opening on February 21.

The NYTF production is directed by Oscar- and Tony Award winner Joel Grey, with Broadway favorite and Emmy Award nominee Jackie Hoffman and Broadway veteran Steven Skybell returning to the roles of Yente and Tevye, respectively. Additional casting for the off-Broadway transfer will be announced at a later date.

Fiddler on the Roof features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein.

Synopsis: "One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, Fiddler on The Roof centers on Tevye, a father of five daughters, who strives to preserve the family's Jewish traditions and culture in the face of growing outside influences which theatren to encroach upon the customs of their Jewish faith and heritage."

The creative team for the production features musical staging by Staś Kmieć (based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins), musical supervision by Zalmen Mlotek, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, wig & hair design by Tom Watson, and props design by Addison Heeren.

The original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof opened in 1964 and made history by becoming the first-ever musical theatre production to surpass 3,000 performances on the Great White Way. It was also the recipient of nine Tony Awards in 1965, including "Best Musical". The NYTF production marks the first time the Yiddish version has been performed in the United States.

Fiddler on the Roof is produced off-Broadway by Hal Luftig and Jana Robbins.

(Photo by Victor Nechay/ProperPix)​

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