New York | 2h 50m | Ends Jun 30

Fiddler on the Roof (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene)

From 35 critic and 242 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great acting, 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. 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 Jun 30 | Stage 42 (Midtown W)


90
Long, Beautiful production, Minimalist set yet well staged, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Fiddler. This is a top notch production. Well done on all counts. Simple yet effective.

Don't see it if you absolutely refuse to see something with supertitles. If you don't know the show at all, it might be difficult to follow.

90
Great staging, Resonant, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you would like to see Fiddler performed in the language spoken by the people portrayed. Dancing, singing and acting very moving to many.

Don't see it if you don't like the music or subject of Fiddler on the Roof in any form. Would feel uncomfortable reading Yiddish translation.

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You love this show and want to see a beautiful take on it

Don't see it if You don't speak Yiddish and have a problem reading the subscripts

90
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if this is honest, real theater with a heart. The language fits the story and the performances transcend whatever language barrier there is

Don't see it if you need razzle-dazzle musicals of a superficial type. this is about people and lives and emotions and what is real. A great experience

90
Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an authentic version of this beloved show.

Don't see it if you don't want to read super-titles or you are not a fan of Fiddler.

Also After seeing several productions of this beloved show and the movie, t... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Resonant, Profound, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience Fiddler in the Anatevka experience.

Don't see it if you don't want to read subtitles and don't speak Yiddish.

Also What a beautiful production. The Tevye in this version stole my heart,... Read more Read less

90
Classic, Moving, Must see, Enchanting, Authentic

See it if See it if you want to get an authentic flavor via the Yiddish

Don't see it if Don't see it if reading supertitles would bother you.

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

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

90
Fresh interpretation, Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if the idea of Fiddler in the language of Anatevke intrigues you. It really adds to the soul and authenticity of this classic

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to. Even if you've seen Fiddler a lot of times, this is a fresh take from the use of Yiddish and Russian.

Also It's very easy to follow even if you choose not to read the supertitle... Read more Read less

89
Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like fiddler on the roof then don’t miss this production, it’s excellent

Don't see it if You have a problem with watching subtitles and show at the same time.

Also I’ve seen the 2016 revival, this off-broadway production, even with th... Read more Read less

89
Profound, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you enjoyed Fiddler, and want to see a different incarnation.

Don't see it if you are in love with the original English version

Also For me, seeing Fiddler in Yiddish did not make it more powerful. My Yi... Read more Read less

89
Refreshing, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if For a refreshing new perspective on an old great musical. A richer experience & great enjoyment listening to all in Yiddish.

Don't see it if don’t like Fiddler on the Roof or its music. Not open minded to hearing a musical in an unknown languae.

89
Enchanting

See it if you love FIDDLER. This is a well-executed version with Yiddish lending a unique layer to the show's roots. Strong performances throughout.

Don't see it if you've seen enough of FIDDLER and you're looking for flashy production values.

Also There's a beauty in this production's simplicity.

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

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.

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You love Fiddler and would like to see this story ring just as true if not more in Yiddish. Beautiful theatrical concept & well executed.

Don't see it if You don’t like Fiddler, musicals, or reading subtitles

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

88
Occasionally slow, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love Fiddler or Jewish history. Great vocals. Wit. Heartbreak. Universal family truths.

Don't see it if You cannot concentrate for 3 hours. Unless you speak Yiddish your attention must dart from screen ( in corners—less than ideal) to stage.

87
Ambitious, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want to see Fiddler in a different and refreshing way. Bottle dance is Amazing.

Don't see it if You’re a curmudgeon.

87
Resonant, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You care about how poignant an old workhorse musical can really be

Don't see it if Supertitles give you migraines

87
Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if the Yiddish brings an authenticity to the piece that is incredibly moving. Don't miss it.

Don't see it if don't don't miss it.

86
Nice, Minimal, Interesting

See it if you like a minimal performance of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (with subtitles) and love any acceptable performance of Fiddler.

Don't see it if you are expecting a great inspiring performance on the level when performed by Zero Mostel or Herschel Bernardi

Also You did not feel that the actor playing Tevye was playing a role he wa... Read more Read less

86
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if Very professional done, well directed by Joel Grey, excellent cast and very resonant for today! Charming.

Don't see it if If one doesn't want to see a theme that is important and has real meaning for the world today.

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

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

86
Dancing!, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Great seeing Fiddler in Yiddish! It added a nice element to the production. The music connects and the dancing is delightful. Heartwarming.

Don't see it if You dislike reading super titles (although I thought it moved slowly enough to not lose sight of the action).

Also Comfortable venue, front row is a bit too close.

86
Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you love the show the music And the story

Don't see it if If you are not familiar with the story and have problems reading Titles


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