The Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Fiddler on the Roof, which began performances September 17, continues through October 7 at the Illinois venue.
The company is led by Steven Skybell as Tevye, reprising the role for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award for the 2019 Off-Broadway Yiddish production; Tony winner Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins' Broadway) as Golde; David Benoit (Les Misérables, Avenue Q) as Lazar Wolf; Lauren Marcus (Be More Chill, tick, tick... BOOM!) as Tzeitel; and Joy Hermalyn as Yente, the role she understudied in the 2004 Broadway revival of Fiddler. (Skybell will also reprise the role in November in the Off-Broadway return of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish.)
The cast also includes Austen Bohmer as Hodel, Maya Jacobson as Chava, Drew Redington as Motel, Adam Kaplan as Perchik, Michael Nigro as Fyedka, Liliana Renteria as Shprintze, Omi Lichtenstein as Bielke, Jackson Evans as Mendel, Tommy Novak as Avram, Steven Strafford as Mordcha, Melody Betts as Grandma/Fruma Sarah, Bill McGough as the Rabbi, and William Brown as the Constable.
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This new-to-Chicago production, conceived by director Barrie Kosky as a tribute to his Jewish heritage, centers the "Tradition" at the heart of Fiddler on the Roof while breathing new life into the beloved classic.
Fiddler on the Roof has music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein, which is based on Sholem Aleichem stories.
The production also has set design by Rufus Didwiszuz, original choreography by Otto Pichler, revival choreography by Silvano Marraffa, costume design by Klaus Bruns, original lighting design by Diego Leetz, and revival lighting design by Marco Philipp. The Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus is led by conductor Kimberly Grigsby in her Lyric debut; Michael Black is Lyric’s Chorus Master.