Joel Grey Hopes Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ Connects People To Their Past

Michael Riedel and Christine Nagy talk with the legendary Tony and Oscar-winning actor Joel Grey about directing the all Yiddish production of "Fiddler on the Roof." 

"I hope it makes people feel connected to their past, their relatives, and to immigration. I didn't know if I could do it, but I love that musical so much; I have seen every production that has ever been done; that I said yes to directing." Despite being unfamiliar with Yiddish himself, Grey discloses that the people who taught the actors Yiddish were very careful to make sure the language was legitimate and well spoken. Are you worried about not understanding the show? Don't worry, Grey reveals that there are translations for people who are unfamiliar with the timeless story making it easy to follow along. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" has been extended through November 18, go see it!

Later, Grey looks back on his work in Cabaret and reveals why there was a strained working relationship with director Bob Fosse. 

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Photo Credit: Getty & Fiddler On The Roof

 

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