Steven Skybell, Debbie Gravitte & More to Star in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Lyric Opera of Chicago

The production will also star David Benoit, Lauren Marcus, Joy Hermalyn, and more.

By: Jun. 09, 2022

Steven Skybell, Debbie Gravitte & More to Star in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced principal casting for its new to Chicago production of Fiddler on the Roof, the North American premiere of an internationally heralded reinvention of the Broadway classic, set to hit the Lyric Stage September 17 - October 7, 2022.

Lyric's Fiddler cast will be led by Steven Skybell as Tevye, the role for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award for the 2019 off-Broadway Yiddish production; Broadway personality Debbie Gravitte, a 1989 Tony Award winner for Jerome Robbins' Broadway, as Golde; David Benoit, a Broadway veteran who has appeared in musicals from Les Misérables to Avenue Q, as Lazar Wolf; Lauren Marcus, who recently had a featured role in the Netflix film adaptation of tick, tick... BOOM!, as Tzeitel; and Joy Hermalyn, who recently appeared on Broadway in the Tony-nominated revival of Caroline, or Change, as Yente.

The other talented singing actors in the cast include Austen Bohmer as Hodel, Maya Jacobson as Chava, Drew Redington as Motel, Adam Kaplan as Perchik, Michael Nigro as Fyedka, Liliana Renteria as Shprintze, Omi Lichtenstein as Bielke, Jackson Evans as Mendel, Tommy Novak as Avram, Steven Strafford as Mordcha, Melody Betts as Grandma/Fruma Sarah, Bill McGough as the Rabbi, and William Brown as the Constable. New York casting is by Tara Rubin Casting/Merri Sugarman, CSA, and Chicago casting is by Becca McCracken, CSA.

This new to Chicago production, conceived by the visionary director Barrie Kosky as a tribute to his own Jewish heritage, keeps the "Tradition" center stage while telling Fiddler's joyful and heartbreaking story with Kosky's innovative stagecraft. The creative team for Fiddler on the Roof includes set design by Rufus Didwiszuz, original choreography by Otto Pichler, revival choreography by Silvano Marraffa, costume design by Klaus Bruns, original lighting design by Diego Leetz, and revival lighting design by Marco Philipp. The Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus are led by conductor Kimberly Grigsby in her Lyric debut; Michael Black is Lyric's Chorus Master.

When this new vision of the blockbuster show premiered in Berlin in 2017, international critics heralded the arrival of a completely original and unique vision of the classic Broadway musical, a theatrical experience both grand in scale and intimate in its power. "The single best performance I have ever witnessed...20 years from now, people will still be talking about this legendary production," raved Broadway World.

Fiddler on the Roof offers Chicago theatergoers a unique musical immersion with the full forces of the renowned Lyric Opera Orchestra, members of the powerful Lyric Opera Chorus, and a cast of seasoned Broadway and musical theater artists, all presented on Chicago's largest stage in the acoustically stunning Lyric Opera House with enhanced accessibility, new plush seating, and improved sightlines.

11 performances only!

Meet the cast of Lyric's Fiddler on the Roof

Steven Skybell

Steven Skybell (Tevye) most recently starred off-Broadway in the New York premiere of Karen Hartman's play The Lucky Star. Pre-pandemic, he starred for two years as Tevye in Joel Grey's acclaimed production of Fiddler on The Roof in Yiddish, for which he received the 2019 Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Performance by Lead Actor in a Musical. Broadway credits include Fiddler On The Roof, Pal Joey, Wicked, The Full Monty, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Cafe Crown, and Ah, Wilderness! Off-Broadway appearances include Babette's Feast, Cymbeline, and Antigone in New York (Obie Award). Other credits include: Camelot (Helen Hayes nomination). Broken Glass and Caucasian Chalk Circle (both Connecticut Critics Circle nominations), and Henry V (Shakespeare's Globe, London). Skybell's numerous TV and film credits include The Good Fight, Blue Bloods, Elementary, Chicago PD, Cradle Will Rock, and Simply Irresistible. Lyric debut

Debbie Gravitte

Debbie Gravitte (Golde) has appeared in eight Broadway shows. She has won a Tony Award, and has also received two Drama Desk nominations and an Emmy nomination. Gravitte has sung with more than 200 symphony orchestras around the world, appeared in Atlantic City (with Jay Leno and George Burns), sung at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl, and in numerous cabaret rooms. She has four solo albums to her name and has been a part of four PBS specials. Gravitte also provided one of the voices in the film of The Little Mermaid. Lyric debut

Lauren Marcus

Lauren Marcus (Tzeitel) the Glencoe native appeared on Broadway as Brooke Lohst in Be More Chill and most recently in Sarah Silverman's The Bedwetter at The Atlantic. Regional credits include Little Shop of Horrors, The Humans, Company, and Love in Hate Nation. She recently made her feature film debut in Lin-Manuel Miranda's tick, tick...Boom! An award-winning writer, Marcus is currently developing a television pilot with the New York Stage and Film Filmmakers' Workshop. Lyric debut

David Benoit

David Benoit (Lazar Wolf) most recently appeared as Bob Mattey in Seattle Rep's Bruce, about the making of the movie Jaws. David appeared in the Broadway and national tours of Les Miserables (Thenardier), Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie), Jekyll and Hyde (Bishop/Spider), and Dance of the Vampires. He previously appeared as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof for Virginia Rep. Additional national tours include Phantom of the Opera (Firmin), All Shook Up (Sheriff Earl), Young Frankenstein (Inspector Kemp/Blind Hermit), Forbidden Broadway, and Forbidden Hollywood. Off-Broadway appearances include Summer Shock! and Forever Plaid (Sparky). He has appeared in regional productions of Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), The Adding Machine (Mr. Zero, Helen Hayes nomination), Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Vanya), and in Boston Lyric Opera's Martin Guerre (The Priest). Lyric debut

Joy Hermalyn

Joy Hermalyn (Yente) recently appeared on Broadway as Grandma Gellman in the Tony-nominated revival of Caroline, or Change. Other Broadway credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Fruma/Yente), Cyrano the Musical (Chaperone), Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig), Candide and Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème. Regional appearances include Cabaret, Souvenir, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Oliver!, and Beauty & the Beast. Hermalyn sang Minnie / La Fanciulla del West as well as Abigail Adams / 1776 at Utah Festival Opera in the same season. Other opera credits include La Fille du Régiment, Le Comte Ory, La Nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto, Il Trittico, Madama Butterfly, La Bohéme (Leoncavallo), Faust, Der Rosenkavalier, Die Fledermaus, Trouble in Tahiti, and Hansel and Gretel, and she has toured widely as all the major Gilbert & Sullivan mezzo sopranos. She was a featured performer in Sound of Music Live! with Carrie Underwood on NBC and in Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic for Live from Lincoln Center on PBS, and has sung at Avery Fisher, Carnegie, and the Royal Albert Halls. Lyric debut

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