Fiddler on the Roof

A Family “Tradition” On Broadway

When Michael Bernardi first came out on the stage of the Broadway theater in Wednesday’s matinee performance of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the audience was electric with cheers. Many understood that the actor had waited a lifetime for this opportunity to step out as Tevye.

Michael Bernardi and Teri Bernardi, outside the Broadway Theatre. Tyson Lindo

‘Fiddler’ In His Veins

Wearing his father’s well-worn boots, Michael Bernardi carries on a family tradition that stretches back years.

03/16/2016 - 08:51
Culture Editor

Aug. 24, 2016, Editor's Note: This week Bernardi will take on the role of his father as Tevye in a matinee of Fiddler On The Roof. In honor of the occasion we have revived this story. He will wear his father's brown, leather Tevye boots at the perfomance, the NY Times reports.

Over in Anatevka, on Broadway, Michael Bernardi is pouring vodka for customers at the village inn, keeping the peace among rivals and occasionally breaking out into song and dance.

Michael Bernardi as Tevye. Courtesy of Michael Bernardi

Stephen Colbert Sings With ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ Broadway Cast

03/03/2016 - 13:41

Stephen Colbert sang songs from “Fiddler on the Roof” with members of the cast of the recent Broadway revival.

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In the opening of Fiddler on the Roof, Nahum the beggar asks Lazer the butcher why he was giving only one kopek this week when he gave two last week. Lazer replied that he had a bad week, and the beggar responded, "Just because you had a bad week doesn't mean I should, too."

It’s All About Tradition, On The Stage, And Under The Chuppah

01/22/2016 - 11:34
Jewish Week Online Columnist

At the wedding I attended in Washington last weekend, I had a rare and precious chance to sit with my wife, among the guests, as a guest.

It doesn’t happen all that often. Most commonly, I am at weddings as the officiating rabbi. I’m worrying about who has the rings, do the bride and groom remember their lines, is there a glass to break under the huppah, and other details that people just assume take care of themselves. But in this instance, as a long-time friend of the bride’s parents, I could just sit back and watch the warmth and charm of the traditional Jewish wedding work its magic. And I was, anew, amazed at how arcane rituals that Jews have been practicing for literally thousands of years can still resonate with such rich meaning in this very different time.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Tevye, But Not ‘Larger Than Life’

Exclusive: Q&A with the new ‘Fiddler’ patriarch.

01/19/2016 - 09:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As “Fiddler on the Roof,” in its fifth Broadway revival, moves into its second month (to rave notices), we caught up with the new Tevye, the five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein. He’s one of those Broadway actors whose range seems limitless. In the 2014 revival of “Cabaret,” directed by Sam Mendes, he played Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor who woos the owner of his boardinghouse, Fraulein Schneider. In a Jewish Week interview at the time, Burstein said that he found a personal resonance in portraying a Jew living in Germany during those turbulent years. Burstein “knew a lot about this particular time anyway,” but spent additional time doing research about European Jewry and the ascent of Nazism. “I think anybody who’s Jewish has a natural curiosity and a responsibility to know about it.”

Danny Burstein as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof. Joan Marcus

Farewell To Tevye

07/21/2015 - 20:00

Theodore Bikel, who died on Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 91, was about the closest the Jewish world came to having its own ambassador of goodwill.

Actor And Activist Theodore Bikel Dies At 91

Known best as Tevye in ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Broadway singer also played a starring role in progressive politics.

07/20/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Theodore Bikel, the veteran singer-actor-activist best known for his role as Tevye in a Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” died Tuesday at 91 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Theodore Bikel, with a guest at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors event in Washington. Getty Images

'Miracle Of Miracles:' A Party To Celebrate Fiddler's 50th

06/12/2014 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Jerome Robbins first discovered the shtetl when he was six years old. He was born on the Lower East Side, home of immigrants from Eastern Europe. His father took him to Poland to see where his Rabinowitz family came from.

Chaim Topol, Sheldon Harnick and Mike Burstyn celebrate “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tim Boxer/JW

Strings Attached To ‘Fiddler’

06/10/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

While its central motif is a precariously perched violinist, “Fiddler on the Roof” has about as tight a grip on the Jewish — and non-Jewish — imagination as any work of popular culture. This was abundantly in evidence on Monday night, at the jubilant celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic musical, orchestrated by the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre.

“Fiddler” lyricist Sheldon Harnick, whose 90th birthday was marked at gala. Michael Priest Photography
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