Yiddish theatre

‘A Touchstone For Modern Jewish Identity’

The Folksbiene marks ‘Fiddler’ at 50.

06/02/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For a musical about the ravages of time on an ancestral heritage, “Fiddler on the Roof” has itself aged remarkably well. While much has changed in the half-century since “Fiddler” first had its Broadway debut, the Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick-Joseph Stein musical inspired by the dissolution of the Eastern European Jewish way of life still crystallizes for American Jews the value of their Jewish roots.

Andrea Martin and Harvey Fierstein starred in a 2005 revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Courtesy of Folksbiene

Stepping Out In Yiddish

Never has gefilte fish sounded so sexy.

Eleanor Reissa belted out a number from the Yiddish theater, “ Borsht and Gefilte Fish ,” swaying her hips as she sang, as part of this year’s National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene’s gala concert at NYU’s Skirball Center, honoring financier, philanthropist and communal leader Morris W. Offit, 76. Tom Brokaw presented his friend with the award.

Joel Grey accepting his award. Photo courtesy National Yiddish Theatre -- Folksbiene
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