New York | 2h 50m | Ends Jun 30

Fiddler on the Roof (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene)

From 36 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)


100
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Just go

Don't see it if U dont love humor and great acting

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Funny

See it if enjoyed the performance in Yiddish

Don't see it if May not have the patience to follow the Yiddish/ English translations,

94
Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Must see, Relevant

See it if You love tradition but open to a unique theater experience. This is a new spin on a much beloved musical - who nu?

Don't see it if You have no capacity for new interpretation of a known show.

80
Confusing, Delightful, Great writing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if I thoroughly enjoyed this production.. mainly because the writing and music are brilliant. The Yiddish script was certainly a plus factor

Don't see it if I speak Yiddish & greatly appreciated all efforts made, BUT the phoenetic Yiddish spoken by most of the cast, while admirable, was stilted

100
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you either understand Yiddish or love the story so much that you don’t mind reading the subtitles.

Don't see it if If you don’t like reading the subtitles

100
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you have appreciation for a well-crafted, innovative spin on a classic. This one TRULY has soul.

Don't see it if you prefer a jukebox musical. (Btw, the supertitles are projected, not backlit, so they are quite easy on the eyes.)

Also When I walked into the auditorium, I was slightly disappointed to see ... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Fiddler done beautifully. This story is so relevant to our world today. It's an absolute must-see for musical theater fans.

Don't see it if You have trouble reading subtitles.

100
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you adore lyrically and intellectually masterful musical theatre, even more emotionally fulfilling and resonant in Yiddish. I weeped.

Don't see it if you are tone deaf, dislike musicals, cannot sit 3 hours with one 15 min. interval, prefer huge or small theatres, or are pro-Tsar/antisemite

98
During previews
Relevant, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love fiddler, Great Music, & are interested in an uplifting, yet challenging story that looks at how traditions change, & people adapt.

Don't see it if you don't like family or music *which is catchy, or a great story

Also This version of Fiddler sucks you in with the Amazing Tateh and full c... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Funny, Relevant, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love Fiddler and want to see it in the language of its characters directed by Joel Grey. Amazing heartwarming production. It's perfect.

Don't see it if you've never heard of Fiddler and you don't want to see it in Yiddish.

Also So? How come I didn't give it 100 percent? I don't give anything 100 p... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Fiddler as it should be done, with actors who not only sing the role but become the role. A Fiddler with real heart and soul

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

Also Try to sit further back in the orchestra so you will have less trouble... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a revival of a classic in the original Yiddish as written in the short stories.

Don't see it if You find it difficult to read subtitles or to sit through a long show.

95
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Wonderful Yiddish production of this show, accessible to anyone because there are subtitles. Great acting and singing.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this amazing production.

Also Steven Skybell was magnificent as Tevye, astounding voice and great ac... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Moving, Great dancing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You love the musical and want to see it produced very much at its roots.

Don't see it if You don’t want to read supertitles, and it would bother you that you don’t understand Yiddish so can’t follow the dialogue and lyrics.

Also Joel Grey directs this satisfying production that rings more deeply au... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Riveting, Exquisite, Must see

See it if this show at its most authentic. Treat yourself. It is a delight. Dancing, singing, acting marvelous!

Don't see it if You mistakenly believe you have to understand Yiddish. You don't!

91
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in a Yiddish version of fiddler. Poignant, simply but effectively staged with good acting, singing and choreography.

Don't see it if You don't want to read titles for 3 hours. But there is really no reason not to see this wonderful production.

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

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
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Exquisite, Entertaining

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
Must see, Hilarious, Epic, Great acting

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
Intelligent, Resonant, Refreshing, Great staging, Enchanting

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 dancing, Touching, Heartwarming, Great acting, Great singing

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
Moving, Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound

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
Resonant, Absorbing, Relevant, Moving

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

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
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

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.


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