The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene just announced the third extension of its Yiddish-language production of Fiddler on the Roof. The musical will now play through November 18 with a special performance on November 10.
The November 10 date marks the production’s 104th show and commemorates NYTF’s 104 seasons. The show will be followed by dessert and a champagne toast for ticketholders.
The production first opened July 15, after previews began July 4 in the Edmond J. Safra Theatre at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Directed by Joel Grey, Fiddler stars Steven Skybell as Tevye, Emmy nominee and Broadway veteran Jackie Hoffman as Yente, and Jennifer Babiak as Golde.
The cast also features Cameron Johnson as Fyedka, Ben Liebert as Motel Kamzoil, Stephanie Lynne Mason as Hodel, Rosie Jo Neddy as Chava, Maya Jacobson as Bielke, Raquel Nobile as Shprintze, Bruce Sabath as Lazar-Wolf, Drew Seigla as Perchik, and Rachel Zatcoff as Tzeitel.
Rounding out the cast are Joanne Borts, Doug Chitel, Michael Einav, Lisa Fishman, Lydia Gladstone, Jessica Rose Futran, Kirk Geritano, John Giesige, Josh Kohane, Abby Goldfarb, Moshe Lobel, Jonathan Quigley, Nick Raynor, Grant Richards, Adam B. Shapiro, Jodi Snyder, James Monroe Števko, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, and Bobby Underwood.
Fiddler was set for a limited run through August 26, but due to popular demand and a sold-out run extended to September 2 and then again to October 25.
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, musical direction by NYTF artistic director Zalmen Mlotek, 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.