Folksbiene- National Yiddish Theater

Strings Attached To ‘Fiddler’

06/11/2014
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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

Folksbiene Tackles Big ‘Lies’

Largest cast ever for Yiddish theater’s musical adaptation of ‘Lies My Father Told Me.’

11/12/2013
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It was a kind of Canadian spin-off of “Fiddler on the Roof.” When Jan Kadar’s cinematic classic, “Lies My Father Told Me,” premiered in 1975, it was hailed as a stunning evocation of Jewish life in Montreal in the 1920s, as the older immigrant generation and its ways began to fade into obsolescence. The tale of a 6-year- old boy caught between his Tevye-like grandfather and his ambitious, money-hungry father, the film rode the wave of multiculturalism that had engulfed North America, and focused new attention on Jewish ethnicity.

Alex Dreier as David, left, and Chuck Karel as Zayda in “Lies My Father Told Me.” Crystal Arnette

The Jewish Immigrant Experience, In Song

The tunes in the musical ‘The Golden Land’ are ‘living documents of Jewish life in America.’

10/16/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

Of all the enticing myths about America that drove Eastern European Jews to uproot themselves and immigrate to these shores, perhaps the most seductive was that the streets were paved with gold. Nor was it just the streets — America itself was known as the “goldene medina.”

The original 1982 cast of “The Golden Land,” starring Molly Picon, center.
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