VIDEO: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Michael C. Bernardi, Alexandra Silber, George Psomas Look Up Their Immigrant Ancestors at Ellis Island
When the curtain falls on FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and the villagers of Anatevka find themselves forcibly uprooted into homeless refugees, many of them found their way to America on boats that funneled immigrants into lower Manhattan after processing at Ellis Island.
About 40% of Americans are descendants of people who came to this country via the port of New York says Catherine A. Daly, Director of the American Family History Immigration Center at Ellis Island.
Three individuals who are part of that 40% are currently in the cast of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's hit Broadway revival. Michael C. Bernardi, who plays Mordcha, Alexandra Silber, who plays Tzeitel and George Psomas, who appears as Avram, were invited tour the Ellis Island Museum to look up their own immigrant ancestors.
A beloved theatrical classic from Tony Award-winner Joseph Stein, and Pulitzer Prize- Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the production is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I); choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter; inspired by the original choreography of Jerome Robbins; and has musical direction by Ted Sperling.
Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including "To Life (L'Chaim!)," "If I Were A Rich Man," "Sunrise Sunset," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," and "Tradition."
The cast of Fiddler on the Roof features five-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner Danny Burstein (Cabaret, Golden Boy, Follies, South Pacific) as Tevye, Tony-nominee Jessica Hecht (A View From the Bridge, "Breaking Bad," The Last Night of Ballyhoo) as Golde, Jenny Rose Baker (Annie Get Your Gun) as Shprintze, Michael C. Bernardi as Mordcha, Adam Dannheisser (Rock of Ages, The Coast of Utopia) as Lazar Wolf,Hayley Feinstein (Shrek The Musical, National Tour) as Bielke, Mitch Greenberg (It Shoulda Been You) as Yussel and the Beggar, Adam Grupper (The Addams Family) as the Rabbi, Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years, Next to Normal, Rent) as Motel, Karl Kenzler (You Can't Take It With You, Mary Poppins) as the Constable, Alix Korey (All Shook Up, Chicago) as Yente,Jesse Kovarsky as The Fiddler, Samantha Massell (La Boheme) as Hodel, Melanie Moore (Finding Neverland, "So You Think You Can Dance") as Chava.
Fiddler on the Roof has scenic design by Michael Yeargan (Tony Award-nominee, The King and I), costume design by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award-winner, The King and I), lighting design byDonald Holder (Tony Award-nominee, The King and I), sound design by Scott Lehrer (Tony Award-winner, South Pacific), and hair and wig design by Tom Watson. Casting is by Telsey + Co./Abbie Brady Dalton.