National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Names Dominick Balletta Executive Director Photo National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Names Dominick Balletta Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2019

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) today announced the appointment of Dominick Balletta as the renowned theatre company's new Executive Director effective November 1.

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish Photo Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 17, 2018

New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia spoke it fluently as did James Cagney. Barbara Streisand can converse, and Judy Garland sang in it. Last night the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene premiered Fiddler On The Roof in Yiddish directed by Joel Grey for a VIP Opening Night audience and Gala which honored Jeffrey S. Wisenfeld, Chairman of the Folksbiene.

Jackie Hoffman, Steven Skybell and Jill Abramovitz Lead the Cast of FIDDLER ON THE  Photo Jackie Hoffman, Steven Skybell and Jill Abramovitz Lead the Cast of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF In Yiddish
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2018

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), recently nominated for a 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revivial (Amerike-The Golden Land), has completed its casting for the American premiere of the Yiddish language Fiddler on the Roof. Helmed by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Joel Grey, and accompanied by English and Russian translation supertitles, this highly-anticipated 8-week limited engagement, July 4th through August 26th, is set to play Off Broadway at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Photo Coverage: Jerry Zaks Honored by National Yiddish Theater Folksbeine Photo Photo Coverage: Jerry Zaks Honored by National Yiddish Theater Folksbeine
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 19, 2017

With the Statue of Liberty gazing on from the harbor at the Museum of Jewish Heritage at Battery Place Jerry Zaks, 4-Time Tony Award-Winning Director was honored at a fantastic Benefit Concert last night and BroadwayWorld was there.

Photo Coverage: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Honors Daryl Roth & More at Mother's Day Gala
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 15, 2017

Further evidence that Yiddish is suddenly hip in 2017 was on flashy display last night at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, as the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene welcomed a diverse and eclectic crowd to celebrate mothers and the mother tongue in grand style. Prominent producer Daryl Roth and nine other women trailblazers in the arts, sciences, business and philanthropy were honored, and a dazzling all-female cast performed one showstopper after another. The evening's mother hen was the fabulous four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh, who delighted the audience with her funny and peppery mix of wisdom and heartfelt cheerleading for the Jewish mothers attending and for the Jewish mother in all of us.

Photo Coverage: Liev Schreiber Honored at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Gala
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 13, 2016

Bryna Wasserman officially stepped down as executive director of The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) last night at a lavish gala concert and dinner honoring Golden Globe nominee and Tony winner Liev Schreiber.  The 'Golden Gala' at the Museum of Jewish Heritage featured a concert starring a line-up of young performers with dazzling voices, including three stars of the Drama Desk-nominated musical, 'The Golden Bride,' Rachel Policar, Cameron Johnson and Adam B. Shapiro. They were joined by two superlative young singers, Grace Field and Daniel Greenwood.  Folksbiene's artistic director Zalmen Mlotek led a 16-piece orchestra.

Photo Coverage: Sanford Weill & Jordan Roth Honored at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Gala
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 1, 2015

World-renowned maestro and violinist Itzhak Perlman just headlined a concert and gala celebrating National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's 100th anniversary and honoring legendary financier and philanthropist Sanford I. Weill and Broadway impresario Jordan Roth last night, at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. NYTF is the longest consecutively-producing Jewish Arts company in the world.

Photo Coverage: Folksbeine National Yiddish Theatre Honors Theodore Bikel
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 3, 2013

The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene just presented a remarkable concert event celebrating the folk legend and actor Theodore Bikel in anticipation of his 90th birthday in May 2014. 'Miracle of Miracles: A Chanukah Extravaganza' filled the stage at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, last night, December 2 with one rare musical treat after another. Featured in the all-star cast were the beloved Emmy-winning actor Fyvush Finkel, klezmer giant Frank London, the Russian concert phenomenon Psoy Korolenko and the Broadway actors Joanne Borts ('Once') and Elmore James, among many others. Check out photos from the special event below!

CUNY to Reconsider Kushner Honorary Degree Decision?
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2011

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, earlier this week board members of CUNY voted to withdrawal an honorary degree that was to be presented to famed playwright Tony Kushner at John Jay College in light of offensive remarks they feel he made against Israel. Kushner has aggressively defended his remarks, stating that he feels 'dismayed by the vicious attack and wholesale distortion of my beliefs' on the part of CUNY and is asking for an apology from the university, adding that even if they were to reverse their decision, he would not accept the degree.

Philanthropist Ernest W. Michel Honored At Town Hall's Folksbiene Concert 6/8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2009

The celebrated Jewish philanthropist Ernest W. Michel will be honored at Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, on Monday, June 8, 2009 at 7:30pm, in a gala concert presented by the Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene. Folksbiene's musical celebration, entitled 'Fun Dor Tsu Dor - From Generation to Generation,' brings together a multi-generational cast of stars from both the Yiddish and mainstream theatre worlds.

Philanthropist Ernest W. Michel Honored At Town Hall's Folksbiene Concert 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2009

The celebrated Jewish philanthropist Ernest W. Michel will be honored at Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, on Monday, June 8, 2009 at 7:30pm, in a gala concert presented by the Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene. Folksbiene's musical celebration, entitled 'Fun Dor Tsu Dor - From Generation to Generation,' brings together a multi-generational cast of stars from both the Yiddish and mainstream theatre worlds.

National Yiddish Theatre Moves to New Offices
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2008

Propelled by a surge of support on several fronts, the Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene is moving this week to new office space in midtown Manhattan.