Emmy nominee Jackie Hoffman currently plays Yente the matchmaker in the Yiddish-language Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Joel Grey, which recently transferred from a four-time extended run downtown to midtown’s Stage 42 (which has also been extended). On her day off she stopped by the Playbill Studio to do some matchmaking with a comedic touch of her own. Playbill provided a list of some of Broadway’s most iconic characters, and Hoffman created her ideal couples. Watch the video above.
Fiddler stars Steven Skybell as Tevye and Jennifer Babiak as his wife Golde. The cast also includes Joanne Borts as Sheyndl, Lisa Fishman as Bobe Tsatyl, Kirk Geritano as Avrom, Samantha Hahn as Beylke, Cameron Johnson as Fyedka, Ben Liebert as Motl Kamzoyl, Stephanie Lynne Mason as Hodl, Evan Mayer as Sasha, Rosie Jo Neddy as Khave, Raquel Nobile as Shprintze, Nick Raynor as Yosl, Bruce Sabath as Leyzer- Volf. Drew Seigla as Perchik, Adam B. Shapiro as Der Rov, Jodi Snyder as Frume-Sore, James Monroe Števko as Mendl, Lauren Jeanne Thomas as Der Fiddler, Bobby Underwood as Der Gradavoy, Mikhl Yashinsky as Nokhum/Mordkhe, and Rachel Zatcoff as Tsaytl.
The musical initially played Off-Off-Broadway at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, before moving uptown to its current home. Like all productions mounted by NYTF, Fiddler on the Roof is performed entirely in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles.
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.