Yiddish-Language ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Is Coming to New York
Posted December 26, 2017 4:49 p.m. EST
“Fiddler on the Roof,” the beloved musical that debuted on Broadway in 1964, will have a Yiddish-language adaptation produced by the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, the theater company has announced.
Sheldon Harnick, who wrote the lyrics to the show and has won four Tony Awards, will be a consultant for the production and was named to the company’s newly formed artistic council. Famed Broadway director Jerry Zaks will also be an adviser for the revival, which will be performed at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
In a statement, Christopher Massimine, the Yiddish theater’s chief executive, said that the production “will be presented in the context of a historical retrospective hypothetically introducing the idea that Sholem Aleichem has been present at the conception of the adaptation of his work for the musical stage.” (The show is based on stories written by Aleichem.)
“The idea we are putting forth would be an accurate re-creation of how this musical might look in its native Yiddish tongue,” Massimine added.
The original “Fiddler on the Roof” starred Zero Mostel. It ran on Broadway for eight years and won nine Tony Awards, including best musical, and became the first musical to hit the 3,000 show mark. There have been many revivals since, including most recently in 2015. That production was nominated for a Tony for best revival of a musical. It closed after about a year.
Performances are slated to begin in July.