FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH to Benefit Holocaust Survivors at Blue Card Gala
The Blue Card, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding Holocaust survivors, will feature a performance from members of the cast of the critically-acclaimed, Off-Broadway show Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish at its 83rd benefit gala this Monday, April 8, 2019.
The benefit will take place at Center415 in Manhattan and will be hosted by Andy Cohen, the Emmy Award-winning television producer, author and host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen."
The evening will include the presentation of awards to individuals and groups dedicated to supporting the needs of Holocaust survivors and advancing human rights worldwide. The event will begin at 6:00pm with a cocktail reception, followed by an awards presentation, silent auction, performance and seated dinner. For more information about tickets and donations visit: www.bluecardfund.org.
The mission of The Blue Card is to provide direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors living across the United States to help them live their remaining years in dignity and with respect. This mission is incredibly time-sensitive as at least 50 percent of Holocaust survivors alive today are expected to pass away within the next 10 to 20 years.
The honorees include: Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States; Stanley Bergman and Dr. Marion Bergman of Henry Schein, Inc. and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation; David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former UK Foreign Secretary; New York Foundation for Eldercare; and past participants in The Blue Card's Bnei Mitzvah Project, a program where Bar and Bat Mitzvah students engage with and perform acts of service for survivors. This year will feature special guest Elisha Wiesel, the son of Elie and Marion Wiesel. Also, author, journalist and human rights advocate, Kati Marton, will present The Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Social Justice.
Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish is directed by Joel Grey and can currently be seen Off-Broadway at Stage 42, now in an extended run through September 1, 2019. The production, originally produced by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, is performed in Yiddish with a translation by Shraga Friedman and accompanied by supertitles in English and Russian. It has been hailed as "a richer, deeper interpretation" by The Wall Street Journal, "a mitzvah" by Time Out New York, and AM New York gives it four stars, calling Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish "perfect." One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, Fiddler on the Roof features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book by Joseph Stein and was originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. The creative team for this Fiddler features musical staging and new choreography by Sta? Kmie?, musical direction by Zalmen Mlotek, set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, wig and hair design by Tom Watson, props by Addison Heeren and casting by Jamibeth Margolis, CSA.
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy