Storyteller Shalom Aleichem penned a story about a poor milkman and his family with five daughter in 1894. Like all of Aleichem’s stories, he wrote in Yiddish.

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In 1964 the story made its Broadway debut as the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” and in 1971, it became a movie.

Now the award winning production is returning to Broadway…but this time it will be in the original Yiddish. Since the debut of “Fiddler on the Roof” and its subsequent revivals, the musical has won 17 Tony Awards and three Academy Awards for the film.

Set for a summer 2108 debut, The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene in New York City has already begun selling tickets for the production which is scheduled to play at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Tevye and his family made their stage debut in 1919 in the Yiddish Art Theater in New York City. Since that debut, the play has been seen around the world.

In 1965 Fiddler was presented in Hebrew on the stage at the Habimah in Tel Aviv.


photoa credit: By Otterbein University Theatre & Dance from USA – Fiddler On the Roof, CC BY-SA 2.0,