New York | 2h 50m | Ends Sep 01

Fiddler on the Roof (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene)

From 46 critic and 301 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)


91
During previews
Great staging, Enchanting, Riveting, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You want to see a classic in a whole new way.

Don't see it if you hate reading supertitles. Or if you will be frustrated with changes in the original dialogue.

Also I don’t like Fiddler. Never have. I LOVED this production. Really made... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Entertaining, Exquisite, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be completely engaged in a wonderfully written story . Best 2:45 minutes ever !

Don't see it if You are not interested in pre revolutionary Russian family struggle .

90
During previews
Great acting, Epic, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You enjoy an amazingly well put together production, with amazing actors, singing, dancing , orchestra. It's long, but refreshing indeed.

Don't see it if You can't keep up reading side screens above for closed captioning. You Can't stand long shows.. you don't want to be amazed. You miss out.

90
During previews
Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy Jewish history & culture, a musical in a language other than English (with subtitles), pared-down revivals of classic shows

Don't see it if You find subtitles hard to follow, you want immersive or commercial theater

90
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Heartwarming, Touching, Great dancing

See it if you love the story with its great songs & dances. The acting and singing of both Tevye and Goldie bring tears & the comic chops of Jackie

Don't see it if you don't want to be moved by a jewel of a cast-acting, singing and dancing their hearts out-in an authentic revival directed by Joel Grey!!

Also Hoffman as Yente brings smiles and laughter. The smaller theatre makes... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Profound, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Moving

See it if you love Fiddler and are interested in seeing it performed in Yiddish. (And if you speak/understand Yiddish, it's a must see!)

Don't see it if you don't want to read supertitles for 3 hours. I probably wouldn't recommend it if you've never seen the show before (& only know English).

Also Great production. It was fascinating, and really cool hearing it in th... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Moving, Relevant, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you have seen English productions, have an interest in translations, or just want to experience the show.

Don't see it if reading from a screen will be a problem for you or you are concerned with not understanding the language.

Also I have seen a few English productions of Fiddler on the Roof, and this... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great staging & cast, Delivers, Classic, Universal story, Great book and music

See it if simplicity of staging plus excellent performances in Yiddish [with supertitles] lending it an operatic status + intensified storytelling

Don't see it if foreign language puts you off, Jackie Hoffman annoys you, forest of walkers obstructs entry, avoid travel to Battery Park City

90
During previews
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You love Fiddler and want to see it in a different way.

Don't see it if You don’t like the show, or you don’t want to see a show in Yiddish with supertitles.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You love Fiddler, and want to see it in Yiddish. This is the show you know and love, so you probably know if you loveit.

Don't see it if Pass this over if surtitles are a problem for you, or you're not fond of Fiddler to begin with.

Also This production was fantastic from almost every angle. The performance... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Mazel-tov charming moving

See it if Joel Grey Yiddish production. Skybell is a great Tevye in any language. Fiddler is a natural in Yiddish. Jackie Hoffman steals her scen es

Don't see it if Wonderful, pure-voiced tenor, Cameron Johnson, star of NYTF's "The Golden Bride," has a small part as Fyedke, but alas, not much to sing.

87
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Love the music of Fiddler, culture and theater.

Don't see it if don't love all things Yiddish...

87
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Want to have a great show

Don't see it if .

Also tsu zen a nay tvist aoyf a groys muzikalish... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if if you've seen the show 100 times, if you've never seen it. If you can read titles you are in for a treat -it's all there and more

Don't see it if you cannot read super-titles or are bothered by them. No other good reason should stop you

85
During previews
A very, very good production of a wonderful show

See it if you know/love Fiddler; a terrific way to revisit! Gr staging, gr singing, strong acting. Lg cast, barebones prodn. Laughs & tears! Memorable

Don't see it if you dislike reading supertitles (cumbersome). Sh cut Chavela dance. Rude audience (cells ring/loud talk). Nice theater; bring a sweater.

Also I was very impressed by this production. I'd assumed Yiddish would be ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Absorbing, Classic, Lovely, Timeless, Delightful

See it if You love fiddler, and you’d like to see a wonderful, minimalist version in Yiddish. The cast is great, and the staging is clever and nuanced

Don't see it if If you’re not a fan of reading supertitles, perhaps skip this one.

84
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Delightful

See it if Whether it's your first Fiddler or have seen it, this is a really fun, different production. Great Choreography as well.

Don't see it if You have no desire to hear yiddish or read supertitles.

83
During previews
Great live music, Great production, Dated story, Not an adaptation (just a translation)

See it if you're a FIDDLER lover or have never seen it before (I hadn't - nice intro). You enjoy formerly progressive theater that's *mostly* still so

Don't see it if you hate 3hr shows (1 intermission @ 2hrs). You only want to see FIDDLER if it's done in a new or modern way (it's a traditional production)

Also Now I understand why I've heard so many positive things about FIDDLER:... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Thought-provoking, Poignant, Intimate, Stripped down, Political

See it if you know & love the original: this production is more intimate than Broadway, & in Yiddish, but its virtues (& flaws) are the same as ever.

Don't see it if you know the original & do not love it, or you do not know Yiddish & have a problem negotiating sur-titles.

Also This is a very strong production of a very strong musical. The theater... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Spirited, Resonant, Low budget

See it if You love Fiddler and want to see it done with an even deeper connection to the roots of its people. It's a treat to see it done in Yiddish!

Don't see it if You've never seen the show before. If you want a large-scale, big-budget production.

Also Though the more intimate setting worked, I would have liked to see a p... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you speak Yiddish or are a Jackie Hoffman stan that's ok with her only being in a couple scenes

Don't see it if you don't want to read supertitles (and don't speak Yiddish) or are such a big Jackie Hoffman fan that you need her to be in every scene

Also Obviously I refuse the entertain the notion of someone not being a Jac... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Cheap looking

See it if If you want to see some great performers trying to do something new with classic material

Don't see it if You want to see something that at times feel like community theater

Also The leads are amazing, the ensemble not so much. The show feels super ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Refreshing, Disappointing, Profound, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You speak Yiddish and Hebrew and want to experience more of the Jewish flavor of the characters (or via the supertitles)

Don't see it if You're expecting a relevant show and want a proper Yiddish production.

Also I'm sorry to say, this show was irrelevant; nothing new was brought to... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a new perspective on a classic. The yiddish translation elevated the musical. Surprised it took this long to happen in NY.

Don't see it if You are looking for a solid ensemble or production values, or a new point of view aside from the language.

100
During previews
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Great songs, timeless story

Don't see it if If you don’t like musicals


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