Ends Jan 05 | 3h 0m | Midtown W

Fiddler on the Roof (In Yiddish)

From 687 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Delightful

About the show

Experience 'Fiddler on the Roof' in a new way – in Yiddish, the language of Tevye and his family. Oscar and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey directs this production, presented with English and Russian supertitles. More…

From the show:

WINNER! Best Musical Revival – 2019 Drama Desk Award

WINNER! Best Musical Revival – 2019 Outer Critics Circle Awards

WINNER! 2019 NY Drama Critics’ Circle Award – Special Citation

WINNER! Best Lead Actor 2019 Lortel Award – Steven Skybell

A New York Times Critics’ Pick, Fiddler on the Roof “strikes a deep emotional chord" and "offers a kind of authenticity no other American Fiddler ever has” (The New York Times).

With direction by Oscar and Tony Award®-winner Joel Grey, this production “speaks to us all” (Newsday). 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 "perfect."

Harold Prince, the legendary and original producer of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway (1965 Winner of 9 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical) said, "If you have seen Fiddler before, you must see this production because it will make you feel you are seeing Fiddler for the first time.”

3h 0m | Ends Jan 05 | Stage 42 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (687)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Delightful
91
Avg Score

91
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Profound

See it if You want to be moved by Theatre that has heart & soul & oodles of talent. Great acting, singing, staging, dancing. Beautifully done!

Don't see it if You’re antisemetic or believe there were good people on both sides in Charlottesville.

80
Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You feel like you are in the town whereas the big Broadway show did not. Great singing, production.

Don't see it if If you do not like musicals.if you do not like the story.

80
Masterful, Lively, Cliched, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if Yiddish version has an authentic feel. Excellent direction & performances. Fully fledged 3 hour version. Powerful exhibit in the lobby.

Don't see it if Given all the praise, I expected an epiphany. The show was fun but familiar. Distracting captions.

Also The lobby exhibit includes acerbic 1920’s political cartoons, and back... Read more Read less

91
Authentic, Moving, Entertaining, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if u want to see a fresh (odd word, I know, for a 55yo musical set in 1905 translated into a 1000yo language) & poignant revival of a classic.

Don't see it if ur not willing to read subtitles; u seek lavish, extravagant staging & high production values; [I'm struggling for reasons not to see it.]

Also I have seen at least a dozen productions of Fiddler (including Bartlet... Read more Read less

86
Great singing, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Profound

See it if Iconic Broadway musical goes minimal & Yiddish to exceptional results Native tongue of Tevye & Co proves to be dramatically stirring & funny

Don't see it if A non-showy production; fairly "rustic & homey" to winning results Grey's simple direction lets show breathe with migration theme resonating

88
Fiddler in yiddish breathes new life into show.

See it if Yiddish Fiddler shows Jewish shtetl at turn of 20th century as world apart, movingly shows traditions under assault; excellent Tevye

Don't see it if tho not as polished as Bdway version, this stripped-down, Yiddish version goes 2 heart of show/like Yiddish, shtetl life is coming to an end

90
Great acting, Profound, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you’ve seen Fiddler a hundred times but never in Yiddish. It’s its own experience. The intimacy of the theatre only enhances it.

Don't see it if you might have trouble reading supertitles for three hours.

74
Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Resonant, Overrated

See it if You are curious what Fiddler would have sounded like in an authentic depiction of the time and place of the show.

Don't see it if I expected to love this, but I found the subtitled English incredibly distracting. Seemed like a good HS production. Very simple sets.

Also I expected to love this show but I did not. I found listening to the Y... Read more Read less

94
Entertaining, Funny, Great dancing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you'd like a joyous evening of familiar music and extraordinary dance. It is a window into a lost culture.

Don't see it if you are put off by having to read translations while watching a live production. You are not prepared for a long evening.

92
Epic, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you'd enjoy a fine version in which the actors are young with fine dancing and singing all bringing the story a truer feel in Yiddish.

Don't see it if you do not know the story and cannot keep up with the subtitles or you cannot sit for a very long first act.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Great pains taken to preserve the integrity of the piece with its Lower East Side roots. This is Skybell's and Grey's show w/ comic Hoffman.

Don't see it if Simple crumpled set could use a starch and press. The superscripts are no different from an outing to the opera or an arty film w/ captions.

Also At least one prior refresher reading or viewing of the source material... Read more Read less

100
Authentic, Must see, Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if A brilliant, absolutely perfect production that grabs you the second the music starts and doesn’t let go ! Yiddish a genius idea ! See it !

Don't see it if You can’t deal with a show that uses English subtitles. That is honestly the ONLY reason I can give to not see this spectacular musical !

94
Epic, Great choreography, Resonant, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to see the best Tevye and cast that I have seen in any Fiddler. Yiddish adds to the authenticity. Performance is energetic!

Don't see it if You expect an elaborate set, and dislike subtitles on the sides of the stage.

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing, Emotionally gripping, Great acting

See it if you want to hear the score and book in the language its characters would have spoken.

Don't see it if you don't like "Fiddler" or if you don't like reading surtitles.

Also Everything somehow seems purer and more emotionally accessible in Yidd... Read more Read less

91
Entertaining, Joyful, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Best of the four productions I've seen, including those w/big name superstars; excellent lovable Tevye; Yiddish makes the era more realistic

Don't see it if you do not like musicals or reading subtitles; you prefer bold, colorful sets to minimalism; This is a terrific production produced w/love.

88
Deeply moving, Absorbing, Joyous and poignant, Nice voices/good acting, Lovely theatre experience

See it if Want tender, powerful, funny, sad musical w gorgeous score, delicate direction, fine dancing. It's a timeless tale about the ties that bind.

Don't see it if If haven't liked Fiddler before, Stylized, non-existent set. It's hard to read small, dim type on side panels & watch the show at same time.

92
Must see unique experience, Great singing and acting, Excellent bottle dance and russian dance, Anatevke comes to life

See it if The familiar musical seems a Hundert un Tsvansik times more real when performed in Yiddish, the language of Anatevke.

Don't see it if It helps to have a little Yiddish (common phrases) but not necessary since there are English subtitles and you probably know the songs.

Also Hebrew characters for Torah printed on brown paper backdrop remind how... Read more Read less

100
Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You haven’t seen it already. Tour de force!! It’s like an opera in Yiddish w/subtitles. Choreography is brill as is direction .

Don't see it if There’s no reason shy of racism or you’re not deserving to experience it.

75
Good production. good tevye.

See it if You love Fiddler and don’t mind subtitles.

Don't see it if You mind subtitles.

89
Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Great singing, Clever

See it if you love Fiddler.This is an interesting production.The kept the original Robbins choreo!!Subtitles are mildly annoying, but not too bad.

Don't see it if you want a show where you don't need to look around the characters to find the subtitles.Good production.Great choreo.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Traditional

See it if you’ve never seen Fiddler done really well. It’s one of the best American musicals.

Don't see it if the gorgeous Bartlett Sher production from a couple of seasons ago is still fresh in your mind.

Also I don’t know Yiddish so to me this is like seeing any great show in tr... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Poignant

See it if even if you have seen Fiddler before. Performing it in Yiddish creates a new dimension and seems like this is the way the play should be.

Don't see it if you have a cold heart.

90
Resonant, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a great play with a deserved interpretation. Tevye steals the play, but that is how it supposed to be. A wonder.

Don't see it if dealing with subtitles is not your thing

90
Great staging, Great cast, Resonant, Touching, Intimate

See it if you want to see a minimalist production of Fiddler in Yiddish (with surtitles) that is inventively staged & brilliantly performed by all.

Don't see it if you think that reading surtitles would compromise your enjoyment. It didn't bother me. I can think of no other reason not to see this.

Also Joel Grey's direction & Stas Kmiec's staging were spot on. Steven Skyb... Read more Read less

99
Masterful, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want the definitive Fiddler that Shalom Aleichem would have loved. Joel Grey's production is flawless.

Don't see it if reading super titles bothers you.

Also Not understanding Yiddish should not interfere with enjoying this hear... Read more Read less


July 17th, 2018
“Though it features a Broadway-quality Tevye...and, for Off Broadway, a high level of professionalism throughout, the Folksbiene production cannot achieve the status and polish of mass entertainment. Rather, it offers a kind of authenticity no other American ‘Fiddler’ ever has: It’s in Yiddish......
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February 21st, 2019
"The show has arrived with its stripped-down aesthetic and emotionally lucid production intact. In fact, it feels even more resonant... This may not be the most spectacularly sung, danced or designed 'Fiddler' ever to hit the stage, but it's likely the most authentic thanks to the use of Yiddish ...
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February 21st, 2019
"Delivering raw emotionality, boisterous humor and cultural authenticity that will stir you whether you're experiencing the show for the first time or the 15th...Steven Skybell brings exuberant charm, warmth, flinty intelligence and even a bearish sexiness...Grey navigates the show's many shifts ...
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July 17th, 2018
“Thrilling...So virtuosic is Steven Skybell in that role that he often needs no language at all for us to feel his character swerve from ironic mockery to righteous anger to heartbreak...Illes is engaging and steely and Hoffman is comic and a bit over-the-top...The production’s polish and verve m...
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