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Yiddish FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Extends Run

Yiddish FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Extends Run National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) today announced that the highly anticipated American premiere of the Yiddish language Fiddler on the Roof, which began preview PERFORMANCES Off Broadway at the Museum of Jewish Heritage last week, will extend its run for an additional week through September 2 due to demand for tickets. The Press Opening takes place Sunday, July 15 and a VIP gala performance on Monday, July 16. Helmed by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Joel Grey, the acclaimed musical is being presented now for an 9-week limited engagement through September 2.

"As our previews come to an end this week, audiences are raving about the originality, creativity, and emotional resonance of this is historic presentation by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene," says NYTF Chief Executive Officer and two-time Tony Award-nominated producer Christopher Massimine. "Given the extraordinary response, the cast and creative team were excited to continue performances for an additional week to further share Fiddler on the Roof's messages of survival and hope."

NYTF, which was recently nominated for a 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revivial (Amerike-The Golden Land), is bringing the vibrant Yiddish translation of Fiddler on the Roof to America for the first time - and 50 years since it took place in Israel. The show will be presented in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles.

"The Yiddish translation of Fiddler on the Roof was artfully constructed by noted Israeli actor/director Shraga Friedman in 1965, and supports the brilliance of Sheldon Harnick /Jerry Bock and Joseph Stein's musical, while deepening the connection of the work to Sholem Aleichem's original Tevye the Dairyman stories," says NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek. "Friedman, a native Yiddish speaker, was born in Warsaw and escaped the 2nd World War with his family, making their way to Tel Aviv in 1941. Well-acquainted with Sholen Aleichem's works, Friedman crafted his translation to infuse Fiddler with literary references from the original Tevye the Dairyman stories."

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NYTF and the Museum of Jewish Heritage will co-present a special Fiddler-themed Wednesday evening series Fiddler Talks: From Anatevke to Broadway and Back Again. Tickets to the Wednesday evening series' events are $5-$10 and can be purchased at

The Making of Fiddler on the Roof - July 18 at 6:30pm: Explore Fiddler's rich history through a conversation featuring Sheldon Harnick, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof, and Alisa Solomon, acclaimed author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof.

Transforming "Fiddler On The Roof" Into "Fidler Afn Dakh" - July 25 at 6:30pm: Join us for a lively discussion of the journey to bring the Yiddish Fiddler to life. Featuring Joel Grey, Director; Sta? Kmie?, Choreographer; and Zalmen Mlotek, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's Musical Director and Artistic Director. Moderated by Budd Mishkin.

Sholom Aleichem's Tevye And "Fiddler", Or "Was Tevye A Traditional Jew?" - August 8 at 6:30pm: Join Ruth Wisse, Harvard University's Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Comparative Literature, for an illuminating talk on Tevye.

Shalom / Sholom The Yiddish Mark Twain - August 22 at 6:30pm: Performance conceived and performed by Bob Spiotto. Sholom Aleichem left his literary mark on the world. Bob Spiotto offers a unique smorgasbord of stories featuring the author's precarious balance of humor, horror, pathos, and philosophical insight, as well as words of wisdom and advice from Tevye, the milkman.

The Tradition of Fiddler on the Roof - August 29 at 6:30pm: Austin Pendelton, Broadway's original "Motel the Tailor," and Rosalind Harris (Tzeitl from the 1971 film, and both Tzeitel and Golda on Broadway) moderated by Sta? Kmie?, choreographer of Fidler Afn Dakh and Fiddler on The Roof alumnus and historian.

Previously announced, playing the iconic roles of Yente, Tevye, and Golde are, respectively, comedian and Emmy Award nominee Jackie Hoffman (Charlie And the Chocolate Factory, The Addams Family, Hairspray, Xanadu), and Broadway veterans Steven Skybell (Fiddler On The Roof, Wicked, The Full Monty), and Mary Illes (Phantom of the Opera, The Music Man, The Scarlett Pimpernel, Steel Pier).

The cast is rounded out with Jennifer Babiak as Grandma Tzeitel/ U/S Golde (Fiddler On The Roof, West Side Story, Grease, Evita); Joanne Borts as Sheyndl/Understudy for Yente, Fruma Sarah, Grandma Tzeitel (Once, Cinderella, Showboat, Those Were The Days); Josh Dunn as Chaim (A Charlie Brown Christmas, Cabaret); Michael Einav as Ensemble/Understudy for Fyedka, Motel, and Perchik (Scoop, The Golden Bride); Kirk Geritano as Avram (The Sorceress); Samantha Hahn as Bielke (Nella the Princess Knight); Cameron Johnson as Fyedka (The Golden Bride); Daniel Kahn as Perchik (Amerike - The Golden Land); Ben Liebert as Motel (Wicked, Grease); Stephanie Lynne Mason as Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof, The Sorceress, Amerike- The Golden Land); Evan Mayer as Sasha (Annie, A Christmas Story, My Fair Lady); Rosie Jo Neddy as Chava (Carousel); Raquel Nobile as Shprintze ( The Sorceress, Amerike - The Golden Land); Nick Raynor as Yussel (The Producers, Guys And Dolls, A Chorus Line); Bruce Sabath as Lazar Wolf (Company); Kayleen Seidl as Ensemble/Understudy for Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava (Guys And Dolls, The Sorceress); Adam B. Shapiro as Rabbi/Understudy for Tevye and Lazar Wolf (HBO's The Normal Heart, The Golden Bride, Gimpel Tam); Jodi Snyder as Fruma-Sarah (Pete the Cat); James Monroe Števko as Mendel (Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carousel); Lauren Jeanne Thomas as The Fiddler (Once, The Goree All-Girl String Band); Bobby Underwood as The Constable (Amerike - The Golden Land, The Sorceress); Michael Yashinsky as Mordcha (The Sorceress); and Rachel Zatcoff as Tzeitel (The Phantom of the Opera, Candide, The Golden Bride).

Joining Grey, the production all-star Creative Team includes musical staging and choreography by Sta? Kmie? (Fiddler on the Roof, Me and My Girl); Tony Award winners and nominees Beowulf Boritt, Set Design (Act One, Come >From Away); Ann Hould-Ward, Costume Design (Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods); Peter Kaczorowski, Lighting Design (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Producers); Dan Moses Schreier, Sound Design (Iceman Cometh; Falsettos); Tom Watson, Hair & Wig Design (Saint Joan, My Fair Lady); NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek, Conductor and Music Director (Amerike - The Golden Land, The Golden Bride); with casting by Jamibeth Margolis, C.S.A (Rebel Rebel: The Many Lives Of David Bowie (Tour), Sistas: The Musical (Off Broadway); and, Sean Francis Patrick, Production Manager (Roundabout's Cabaret and Anything Goes). Consulting on the production are Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick and iconic producer/director Hal Prince.

Entering its 104th season, Tony Award-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), the longest consecutively producing theatre in the U.S. and the world's oldest continuously operating Yiddish theatre company was just nominated for a 2018 Drama Desk Award for last year's production of Amerike - The Golden Land. Led by CEO Christopher Massimine and Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek, NYTF is dedicated to creating a living legacy through the arts, connecting generations and bridging communities. NYTF aims to bring history to life by reviving and restoring lost and forgotten work, commissioning new work, and adapting pre-existing work for the 21st Century. Serving a diverse audience comprised of performing arts patrons, cultural enthusiasts, Yiddish-language aficionados and the general public, the company presents plays, musicals, concerts, lectures, interactive educational workshops and community-building activities in English and Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles accompanying performances. NYTF provides access to a century-old cultural legacy and inspires the imaginations of the next generation to contribute to this valuable body of work. Learn more at

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