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For the first time ever in its 55-year history, the musically complete cast recording of "Fiddler on the Roof" will be released, including 11 songs in English that were cut from the original Broadway production in 1964

Edited By: JV Staff

For the first time ever in its 55-year history, the musically complete cast recording of “Fiddler on the Roof” will be released, including 11 songs in English that were cut from the original Broadway production in 1964. Now available on CD and digital download, the collection was released in conjunction with the new documentary on the legendary show, “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles,” which just opened in movie theaters nationwide. The album’s mix of stars from the original production, the 1971 film, lyricist Sheldon Harnick and both the cast members and director Joel Grey from the current Yiddish retelling serve as a musical companion for the historical documentary.

Now available on CD and digital download, the collection was released in conjunction with the new documentary on the legendary show, “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles,” which just opened in movie theaters nationwide

Notable for its use of Yiddish lyrics, the authentic language of the play’s shtetl (village), “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish: The 2018 Cast Recording” features the 2018 cast of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s critically-acclaimed, award-winning and groundbreaking Yiddish production and also includes new recordings of songs from the show but never made it into the 1964 Broadway production, sung by theatrical legends, stars and even original “Fiddler” lyricist Sheldon Harnick (all bonus tracks are in English). Since its debut off-Broadway in July 2018, “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish” has won the 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Revival; the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical Revival; a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award Special Citation; and star Steven Skybell was the winner of the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor.

“I am thrilled that this new production is now memorialized in this wonderful recording. When Zalmen Mlotek (NYTF Artistic Director) approached me, with my dear friend Hal Prince’s ringing endorsement,” says NYTF “Fiddler” director, Joel Grey, “with the suggestion that I should direct NYTF’s Yiddish version of ‘Fiddler,’ I was intrigued by the prospect of taking on a quintessential work of the American Broadway stage translated into its underlying language–the true language of Anatevka.” Joel not only agreed to direct the production, he also sings “When Messiah Comes” on the new cast album.

“Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish: The 2018 Cast Recording” features the 2018 cast of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s critically-acclaimed, award-winning and groundbreaking Yiddish production and also includes new recordings of songs from the show but never made it into the 1964 Broadway production, sung by theatrical legends, stars and even original “Fiddler” lyricist Sheldon Harnick (all bonus tracks are in English). Photo Credit: Amazon

The album was produced by seven-time GRAMMY and Tony nominee Robert Sher (“Gypsy,” “Annie,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Fela!,” “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and more). “This is the first time that a ‘Fiddler’ cast album is musically complete,” explains Sher. “All of the dance music, entrance, exit and scene change music is in here. It’s never been done before in the show’s 55-year history and we really wanted to give the listener a full experience.”

Don Walker and Larry Blank provide orchestrations for the cast recording (and the stage production), which includes performances by the NYTF cast as well as 11 bonus tracks in English sung by (in order of appearance) Sharon Azrieli, Donna McKechnie, Nancy Opel, Alysha Umphress, Mimi Bessette, Lauren Molina, Richard Kind, Rosalind Harris, Alexandra Silber, Neva Small, Tam Mutu, Tom Wopat, Sheldon Harnick, Matthew Sklar, Joel Grey, Austin Pendleton, Joanna Merlin, Hal Linden and Shaina Taub. Particularly notable are two cast members from the 1971 film adaptation: Rosalind Harris (Tzeitel) and Neva Small (Chava), two who appeared in the original Broadway cast in 1964: Joanna Merlin, Austin Pendleton and “Fiddler” lyricist Sheldon Harnick. The new album gives them the opportunity to finally release these songs that were written for, but not included in, the original Broadway production 55 years ago.

“Fiddler on the Roof” first opened on Broadway on September 22, 1964, a musical that took audiences inside a Russian shtetl in 1905 during a period of great violence, oppression and expulsion. The play won nine Tony Awards during its eight-year run and has returned to Broadway five times since then while countless touring and regional productions have brought it to the world. Photo Credit: Pinterest

“Fiddler on the Roof” first opened on Broadway on September 22, 1964, a musical that took audiences inside a Russian shtetl in 1905 during a period of great violence, oppression and expulsion. The play won nine Tony Awards during its eight-year run and has returned to Broadway five times since then while countless touring and regional productions have brought it to the world. In July 2018, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene mounted the Yiddish production of “Fiddler” in New York City, directed by Broadway icon Joel Grey. The production (accompanied by English and Russian subtitles) has been extended multiple times and will run until January 5, 2020. “Fiddler on the Roof” features book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and Yiddish translation by Shraga Friedman. The 2018 cast recording was produced in association with David Garfinkle, Marco Gomez, Marc David Levine, Neal Rubinstein, Jeff Beck, Corey and Jessica Brunish, Martin Feinberg, Marc Bell, Frank Piazza, Charles A. Martinez, Burt Fried and Ricky Romano. It was Executive Produced by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (former CEO of NYTF Chris Massimine, Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek) and Associate Produced by Dan Moses Schrier, Jason Buell and David Hancock Turner. A complete cast list is available here: http://fiddlernyc.com/#company

Since opening, the NYTF production of “Fiddler” has received vast critical acclaim, including:

“…it offers a kind of authenticity no other American ‘Fiddler’ ever has…the language of Tevye and his neighbors would have spoken in Anatevka.”

— New York Times

“It speaks to everyone…There is much beauty in simply listening to the poetic Yiddish, the language that would have been spoken in those days in the Russian village where the play is set.”

— Newsday

“…this production flavorfully brings out the full value of the material…you’re in for an enchanted Fiddler.”

— NY Stage Review

For current ticket availability, additional news and information about “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish,” please see https://nytf.org/fiddler-on-the-roof/.

Media link to listen to “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish: The 2018 Cast Recording” (private): https://soundcloud.com/user-188919148-146427880/sets/fiddler-on-the-roof-2018-cast-album/s-Pk0P9

Media link to “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish: The 2018 Cast Recording” behind-the-scenes video footage of recording session, booklet, full credits, artwork: http://bit.ly/2M97b9w

For current ticket availability, additional news and information about “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish,” please see https://nytf.org/fiddler-on-the-roof/.

“Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish: The 2018 Cast Recording”

TRACKLISTING:

DISC 1 Musical Numbers From the 2018 Production

*lyrics available at www.nytf.org/fiddler-lyrics

ACT 1

  1. TRADITSYE (Tradition) Company
  2. Act 1 Scene Change Music After Traditsye Orchestra
  3. SHADKHNTE, SHADKHNTE (Matchmaker, Matchmaker) Hodl, Tsaytl, Khave, Shprintze, Beylke 4. Scene Change Music After Shadkhnte, Shadkhnte Orchestra
  4. VEN IKH BIN A ROTSHILD (If I Were a Rich Man Tevye
  5. SHABES BROKHE (Sabbath Prayer) Tevye, Golde and Company
  6. Scene Change Music After Shabes Brokhe ….Orchestra
  7. LEKHAYIM (To Life, Lekhayim) Tevye, Leyzer-Volf and Men
  8. ES KUMT A TOG (Any Day Now) Pertshik, Shprintze, Beylke
  9. Perchik & Hodel Dance Orchestra
  10. ZEY HOBN ZIKH GEGEBN DOS VORT (They Made Each Other a Pledge) Tevye
  11. NISIMLEKH-VENIFLO’OYS (Miracle of Miracles) Motl
  12. DER KHOLEM (The Dream) Bobe Tsaytl, Tevye, Golde, Der Rov, Frume-Sore and Company
  13. Wedding Intro Orchestra
  14. TOG-AYN, TOG-OYS (Sunrise, Sunset) Tevye, Golde and Company
  15. Wedding Dance 1 Orchestra
  16. Wedding Dance 2 Orchestra

ACT 2

  1. Entr’acte Orchestra
  2. ITST HOB IKH DI GANTSE VELT (Now I Have Everything) Pertshik
  3. TEVYES ENTFER (Tevye’s Rebuttal Tevye
  4. LIBST MIKH, SERTSE? (Do You Love Me?) Tevye and Golde
  5. DER KLANG (The Rumor) ……………Yente, Sheyndl, Mendl, Avrom and Company
  6. VAYT FUN MAYN LIBER HEYM (Far From the Home I Love) Hodl
  7. KHAVELE (Chavaleh)……………Tevye, Khave, Hodl, Tsaytl, Shprintze, Beylke
  8. ANATEVKE (Anatevka) Company
  9. Curtain Act 2 Orchestra
  10. Bows Orchestra
  11. Exit Music Orchestra

DISC 2 Bonus Tracks

Cut Songs From the Original 1964 Broadway Production (in English)

  1. We’ve Never Missed a Sabbath Yet ………Sharon Azrieli, Donna McKechnie, Nancy Opel, Alysha Umphress, Mimi Bessette, Lauren Molina
  2. What a Life! Richard Kind
  3. To Marry for Love ………Rosalind Harris, Alexandra Silber, Neva Small
  4. The Richest Man in Town Tam Mutu
  5. If I Were a Woman Tom Wopat, Sharon Azrieli
  6. As Much as That Tom Wopat, Sharon Azrieli
  7. A Butcher’s Soul Sheldon Harnick
  8. Letters From America Matthew Sklar, Shaina Taub, Joel Grey
  9. Dear Sweet Sewing Machine …………Austin Pendleton, Joanna Merlin
  10. Get Thee Out …………Hal Linden, Richard Kind, Tam Mutu, Shaina Taub, Matthew Sklar
  11. When Messiah Comes Joel Grey

Monologues From the 2018 Production

  1. Yente Act 1 Monologue After Traditsye (in Yiddish) Jackie Hoffman
  2. Yente Act 2 Monologue After Anatevke (in Yiddish) Jackie Hoffman

 

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