Fiddler on the Roof (In Yiddish)
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Fiddler on the Roof (In Yiddish)

Fiddler on the Roof (In Yiddish) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(843 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Great singing, Absorbing

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.

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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
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.

942 Reviews | 225 Followers
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.

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
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. Read more

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
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.

677 Reviews | 186 Followers
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.] Read more

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if Fiddler is 1 of your favorites & want to experience it in Yiddish, curious how songs translate, encounter a new staging

Don't see it if You don't like Fiddler, you don't like reading supertitles, not a fan of musicals, don't like listening to foreign languages Read more

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (47)

Time Out New York
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 and the focus on genuine feelings. At times it's more like a séance than a show. The turn-of-the-20th-century village of Anatevka may be fictional, but its denizens feel wonderfully, vibrantly alive."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 from comedy to pathos, from elation to fear and desolation, with a supple hand, and the heartfelt investment in the story and characters is evident throughout."
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February 22nd, 2019

“Beautifully acted and sung...By way of an ancient language, a musical that has spent the last fifty years being produced suddenly seen through a new lens...The impeccable cast is led by Skybell, a bearish Tevye of commanding strength and warm humility...There is very fine work among the supporting company...This is a heartwarming production of an enduring classic.”
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Lighting & Sound America
February 22nd, 2019

“What originally came across as a solid, modestly scaled effort that drew much of its power from its choice of language and venue has matured into a ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ that can stand up to any I've seen. And yes, the Yiddish dialogue and lyrics imbue it with an authenticity that makes it unique...Skybell's Tevye is...superb...The use of Yiddish firmly anchors this production in the old-world, yet it is surely not lost on anyone in the audience that we live in a world of refugees."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 21st, 2019

"This production is very special indeed, endowed with a superabundance of strengths. If I were to narrow it down to one, it would be this: everyone involved absolutely respects the story that is being told, bringing out every bit of nuance that lies within Friedman's translation of Joseph Stein's English-language book...All told, director Joel Grey has given us a 'Fiddler' that is a towering labor of love, delivering the goods with heart, soul, and integrity."
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New York Stage Review
February 21st, 2019

"Seeing the iconic 1964 Joseph Stein–Jerry Bock–Sheldon Harnick musical performed in the characters’ original language simply feels right...Some things hardly need translation, such as the boisterous 'Lekhayim' ('To Life'). Or the delicate duet between Golde and Tevye, 'Libst Mikh, Sertse?' ('Do You Love Me?'), rendered with such tenderness by Babiak and Skybell—surely one of the best Tevyes to ever tug a milk cart."
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New York Stage Review
February 21st, 2019

"There’s a lot to smile at in this wonderful production...As gimmicks go, 'Fiddler' in Yiddish has a pretty good one...But this 'Fiddler' succeeds fully on its own merits. Grey’s interpretation of the classic is simple and moving, and he has assembled a fine cast of Yiddish-speaking (and Broadway-level-singing) performers...The Yiddish language places the piece even more firmly than usual in a specific place and time."
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Theater News Online
February 21st, 2019

"It’s cannily and rhythmically, if not literally, true to the characters and predicaments of the Sholem Aleichem tales on which Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick built their folk musical...All this conspires to offer a 'Fiddler' unlike any you’ve seen before and promising, no matter how many times you’ve heard that luminous score, a fresh and joyful revisit...I object to Dan Moses Schreier’s over-amplification, which frequently wrecks the intimate scale of the proceedings."
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