The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has extended its acclaimed Yiddish-language adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof for the second time. Originally scheduled through August 26, the production, helmed by Oscar and Tony winner Joel Grey, will now continue through October 25.
The American premiere of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish was previously extended through September 2. The production began July 4 in the Edmond J. Safra Theatre at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where it officially opened July 15.
NYTF's Fiddler on the Roof is presented in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles. The premiere, which marks the first time the Yiddish version of the musical has been staged since its world premiere in Israel more than 50 years ago, stars Jackie Hoffman, Steven Skybell, and Jennifer Babiak (who has replaced Mary Illes) in the roles of Yente, Tevye, and Golde, respectively.
The cast of NYTF's Fiddler also includes Kirk Geritano as Avram, Samantha Hahn as Bielke, Cameron Johnson as Fyedka, Daniel Kahn as Perchik, Ben Liebert as Motel, Stephanie Lynne Mason as Hodel, Rosie Jo Neddy as Chava, Raquel Nobile as Shprintze, Bruce Sabath as Lazar Wolf, Jodi Snyder as Fruma-Sarah, Lauren Jeanne Thomas as The Fiddler, Bobby Underwood as The Constable, Michael Yashinsky as Mordcha, and Rachel Zatcoff as Tzeitel.
Fiddler on the Roof is based on the Tevye the Dairyman vignettes by Sholem Aleichem and is translated into Yiddish by Shraga Friedman. Tony-winning Fiddler lyricist Sheldon Harnick and producer and director Harold Prince consulted with NYTF on the production.
Completing the company of Fiddler are Jennifer Babiak, Joanne Borts, Josh Dunn, Michael Einav, Evan Mayer, Nick Raynor, Kayleen Seidl, Adam Shapiro, and James Monroe Stevko.
Fiddler on the Roof features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein.