New York | 2h 50m | Ends Sep 01

Fiddler on the Roof (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene)

From 46 critic and 311 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting

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…

The Yiddish translation by Shraga Friedman adds depth and dimension to the most well-known Jewish musical in the world, the beloved story of a community and its struggle to balance traditions and desires in a changing world.

2h 50m | Ends Sep 01 | Stage 42 (Midtown W)


95
Times Square Chronicles

"The marriage of Grey’s direction and Skybell’s performance shines like a beacon of love, warmth, and tenderness...It captures the essence on the Broadway musical but has the spirit of what the real Anatevka was like...Under Grey’s direction, the show has an emotional clarity. Grey has brought out the humanity and has made this man and his family so relatable...This 'Fiddler on the Roof' is like a fine meal, completely satisfying...This is a 'Fiddler' for the ages." Full Review

95
CurtainUp

"You don't have to understand Yiddish to thrill to this production. Though most adult theater goers will know the songs and story and have probably seen it more than once, they'll come away feeling they've seen it for the first time— and that this is how it was meant to be...Fortunately the downtown cast is again on board. And the jewel in the crown of legendary performer Joel Grey's directing career shines more brightly than ever." Full Review

95
CitiTour

"Much more is gained than lost by the simplicity of the production, beautifully staged by actor Joel Grey and choreographer Stas Kmiec, without needing to focus on huge set pieces or overelaborate musical numbers, one can more deeply appreciate the show's story of an ordinary man who must adjust to drastic changes in his way of life - from letting his daughters choose their own husbands to eventually being forced to leave the village he's always called home." Full Review

95
Stage Left

“National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish’ breathes fresh life into a treasured property from the golden age of musical comedy, forcing audiences to interact anew with what is now one of the most well-known and performed musicals of all time, and providing, in return, a host of vital performances and resonant insights. It is, in short, a revelation. See it, or regret it.” Full Review

95
TheaterScene.net

"The property is now more than a half-century old. But this production makes it seem as though the 1964 iteration were merely an English-language version of a classic from even longer ago. There's a greater feeling of immediacy than perhaps ever before. Hearing the characters speak and sing in the tongue that their real-life 1905 contemporaries would have used is deeply moving." Full Review

95
Theatre is Easy

"Masterpiece-revival...crackles with warmth, authenticity, and a call for tradition in this timeless tale of a changing shtetl....The use of Yiddish here also allows the play to be removed from Americanisms so much that it becomes that much more universal...Sitting in the audience, a swell of pride bursts from the stage into the house; decades after its debut, 'Fiddler on the Roof' remains essential for audiences...Regardless of language, it is a triumph of courage in the face of opposition." Full Review

95
Theater Time

"The definitive production...In other productions, and all have been first rate, you felt you were watching a musical. Here I honestly felt that I was in their small town watching the actual inhabitants...While the show always had its share of hilarious and moving moments here it is performed with such robust dedication you feel you are watching the show for the first time...In its own way it has a fresh incandescent feel thanks to both Grey and the cast." Full Review

95
The Algemeiner

"Directed with a golden touch by Joel Grey...this production is nothing short of a masterpiece. Many elements of the show are better than Broadway...Skybell marvelously gives us an everyman version of Tevye, perfectly blending the stern and humorous parts of the character...Skybell’s humility gives the show a unique intimacy and the production hugs you like a warm blanket. The result is the feeling that this is not simply a show; it is our history. And it is a great present." Full Review

95
Naughty Gossip

“‘Fiddler On The Roof’ in Yiddish is brilliant...Original ravishing Robbins choreography modified only in scale. Orchestra of 12 and it was first rate. A minimalist set...The translation is projected...though not many needed it. My guest didn’t even bother to follow it–not necessary...Hearing this show in the mother tongue of the characters was unspeakably beautiful, soulful and, at times, gut-wrenching. We were both dishrags after it.” Full Review

90
Lighting & Sound America

“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." Full Review

90
Theatre's Leiter Side

"The musical staging and choreography…adapt the…creations of Jerome Robbins for the reduced cast…but lose little of their imaginative verve...Each performance is carefully honed; while the richly comic material remains as humorous as ever, it's embedded in a deeply felt world of real people, led by Skybell's unusually straightforward Tevye...We cannot weep for the Jews…without also shedding tears for the families being torn apart at our own borders." Full Review

90
BroadwayWorld

“Beautifully acted and sung...By way of an ancient language, a musical that has spent the last fifty years being produced regularly...is 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.” Full Review

90
Gotham Playgoer

"Folksbiene’s version has a purity and emotional accessibility that makes up for its modest production values...The singers have excellent voices and the dancers are absolutely first-rate. Staś Kmieć works wonders staging the Robbins-inspired dances and just moving the large cast around on a small stage...Steven Skybell plays Tevye more as an everyman than a larger-than-life figure, which I think works very well...The multitalented Joel Grey directs with complete assurance." Full Review

90
Theatermania

"Transcendent new production of the classic musical brings us closer to Tevye, Golde, and the good, pious citizens of Anatevka than we've ever been before...Even if you don't understand what the actors are saying, once the 15-piece orchestra strikes up those familiar melodies, you won't even need to look at the supertitles. The result is an intensely moving experience...It's a well-balanced staging that goes for the emotional guts but doesn't sacrifice the musical comedy." Full Review

90
Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review

90
Theatre Reviews Limited

"The production is directed by Joel Grey with exciting musical staging and culturally influenced choreography by Stas Kmiec. Oh, what a production it is!...Freeing itself from the burden of extravagance, it manifests a certain reality that pulls the audience in, so they become a part of the tightknit community. It is beyond suspension of disbelief, as it creates an actuality that transfers the spectator to another time...The members of the cast deliver authentic and compelling performances." Full Review

90
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"It is a wonder to behold...'Fiddler' is being played in the language in which it was meant to be, and it seems thoroughly natural in this appealing staging directed with sensitivity, humor, pathos and dignity by distinguished actor Joel Grey...Steven Skybell is a great Tevye. He makes the character come realistically alive...The large cast does an excellent job all around...The dancing is creative and exuberant, and the singing is tops." Full Review

90
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

90
Front Row Center

“The fascinating new staging from The National Yiddish Theatre is a time-bending musical. Spoken and sung in Yiddish, this 'Fiddler'...feels like an ancient version newly unearthed...The language, stagecraft and Grey’s smooth direction all conspire to transform the work into a bible story...The changes Friedman fiddles with, to accommodate the musicality of Yiddish...are sometimes charming and at other times mind blowing." Full Review

90
Broadway & Me

"It took me awhile to establish the right rhythm of reading and watching. But once that kicked in, I was transported...I marveled at how perfect a musical 'Fiddler on the Roof' is...This revival's success is mainly due to the direction of Joel Grey. Having his production performed in Yiddish, the language that Fiddler's characters would have spoken, obviously helps. But Grey also walks the talk and he has brought out every ounce of the underlying melancholy in this story." Full Review

90
DC Metro Theater Arts

"If you know Yiddish, it is, without question, a must-see. And if you have any hesitation about attending a three-hour show in a language you don’t speak, let me assuage your concerns immediately. You don’t have to be of any particular linguistic base, ethnicity, or religious affiliation to comprehend the beauty and significance of this work or to be touched by the characters and their story; you just have to be human...Everything is this production bespeaks accuracy and authenticity." Full Review

90
This Week in New York Blog

“Dazzling...Directed with verve and style by Tony and Oscar winner Grey...The Yiddish version offers neat little twists on the language...and reconfigures numerous lines to match the rhythm and meaning in Yiddish...Excellent cast...Could have felt dated and old-fashioned, instead is very much of the moment in the wake of the immigrant and refugee crisis currently going on in America and around the world...Another big hit for the talented troupe.” Full Review

90
Interludes

"Stronger than I remember...This 'Fiddler' is a unique triumph...But make no mistake, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s 'Fiddler' is still very much the musical we all know and love. In the iconic role of Tevye, Skybell continues to deliver a sturdy, heartfelt performance that eschews the role of its trademark grandiosity...Skybell’s Tevye registers more like an 'everyman', and therefore the character’s considerable journey becomes an intimate one, and comparable to our own." Full Review

90
Frequent Business Traveler

“Theodore Bikel would have approved...An authentic and, at times, extraordinarily moving experience...A Broadway-class production with beautiful staging and choreography...and an excellent 12-piece stage orchestra...The show’s authenticity makes this not only the most authentic rendition of the show but places it into the pantheon of must-see theater for all.” Full Review

86
Front Mezz Junkies

"With the beautifully nuanced performance of Steven Skybell as the father, Tevye, grappling with a changing world within his family, his community, and his country, it was easy to be pulled in...His Tevya is the heart of this less grand production, but it beats strong...The pain and moral acceptance echoes in the musical sound, which is gorgeously rich...The grandness of the last Broadway revival is easily set aside, with grace, for this off-Broadway intimate portrayal." Full Review


100
Unique, Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You loved the original Fiddler. This is as good in a different way. I felt like this was the language that was meant for this play.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable not understanding every word and you have an aversion to subitles. Also if you are not a fan of musical theater.

100
Enchanting, Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Anyone who loves history......... Anyone who has left their homeland......... Anyone who is from Europe Anyone whose parents are from Europ

Don't see it if You don't like reading titles............

100
Must see, Resonant, Clever

See it if Even though we have all seen Fiddler, this all Yiddish show with Jackie Hoffman is worth the night out!

Don't see it if If you are a xenophobic white supremacist; it’s not your thing!

100
Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an absolutely exceptional cast of 26 blow your mind with this superb production! Steven Skybell was perfect as Tevye.

Don't see it if You want to miss out on this truly unique staging in Yiddish. There is not a negative about this show! Phenomenal voices, acting! Sooo good!

100
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if You are interested in seeing fiddler on the roof in a new way. The acting, dancing, and music were brilliant.

Don't see it if You don’t have the ability to read subtitles while enjoying the spectacular performances.

100
Ambitious, Delightful, Resonant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like excellent, classy, gold standard American broadway classics. Also, if you like immigrants and history.

Don't see it if You have never met an immigrant you loved. Have no interest in humans rights or world history.

100
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see an amazing interpretation of a theater classic.

Don't see it if I can’t imagine a reason not to see this incredible production, though if you would have trouble reading supertitles it would be bad

Also I have seen multiple production of Fiddler and this was by far the mos... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Emotionally involving

See it if You have seen Fiddler and loved it, or if you haven’t seen it. Either way, this production adds an invaluable dimension of authenticity.

Don't see it if I can’t imagine why you would not see it.

100
Exquisite, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if I saw the original with Hershel Bernardi ages ago in the company of my grandmother. Seeing it in Yiddish added more color and depth.

Don't see it if If you don't appreciate musicals, history, and humanity.

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 !

100
Enchanting, Must see, Resonant

See it if creative interpretation of a classic musical that illuminates its heart and soul. Skybell's Tevye is a master class in acting

Don't see it if Don't like Fiddler.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You’ve loved the myriad productions of Fiddler on and off Broadway, love musicals, and have an interest in Jewish history.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals and shows with minimal staging.

100
Absorbing, Must see, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like a classic show beautifully reinterpreted and presented

Don't see it if You cannot last through 3 hours of show but otherwise no negatives

100
Great acting, Great singing, Exquisite, Great staging, Unforgettable

See it if Even if you have already seen this show millions of times as I have, This is the best version bar none. Thank you, Joel Grey ( director)

Don't see it if Everyone should see it but not with small children who might disrupt the magic on stage. It is as relevant now as ever.

Also Every scene is handled beautifully with both subtlety and power and Gr... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Profound, Resonant

See it if You love Fiddler on the roof...appreciate what the actors had to do to perform this in Yiddish

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals

100
Entertaining, Great acting, Clever

See it if This was a wonderful production in Yiddish with English subtitles. It was a pleasure to see theatre professionals perform without a star.

Don't see it if I can't believe that anyone would not like this show.

Also Great direction by Joel Grey and amazing choreography on such a small ... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see the best Fiddler in many years. Perfection.

Don't see it if You don't like perfect?

100
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you want to see a great musical brilliantly re-invented.

Don't see it if you are not human.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful

See it if an astounding production of a musical you thought you totally know interests you.

Don't see it if seeing the English text on surtitles bothers you.

Also This is one of the best productions of any musical I have ever seen. A... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Profound

See it if You have any interest in this classic musical, and are interested in hearing it in Yiddish.

Don't see it if You don't care for 3 hour musicals and have a cold heart!

Also I'm a huge fan of the film and had never seen this classic musical on ... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Great singing

See it if you want to see a really creative and well done production of a classic show. The use of Yiddish makes the show enveloping.

Don't see it if you don't like Fiddler on the Roof.

100
Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Exquisite, Relevant

See it if Wonderful interpretation of a much revived musical. Less schtick from Tevya, less playing for laughs. Beautifully sung, danced.

Don't see it if You want a fancy set, complete adherence to English lyrics, or a Zero Mostel-like performance.

100
Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing, Profound

See it if you love musicals with great singing and a twist! Sung in Yiddish — which enhanced an authentic experience. Easy to follow

Don't see it if you don’t appreciate musicals with great plot and great singing and great dancing.

100
Enchanting, Great acting, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if If you want to see a classic musical that reaches new heights of emotional brilliance performed in "Mama Loschen".

Don't see it if If you are turned off to reading subtitles.

Also I have seen "Fiddler" 7 times on Broadway. This is the best production... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Refreshing

See it if You have a deep love of FIDDLER, of family, of love, of life.

Don't see it if You don't love Fiddler.


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