Steven Skybell and Debbie Gravitte Will Lead Lyric Opera of Chicago's Fiddler on the Roof | Playbill

Regional News Steven Skybell and Debbie Gravitte Will Lead Lyric Opera of Chicago's Fiddler on the Roof

Skybell won a 2019 Lucille Lortel Award playing Tevye in the Yiddish-language production of the Bock and Harnick musical Off-Broadway.

Steven Skybell and Debbie Gravitte

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced the principal casting its production of Fiddler on the Roof, which will play a limited engagement of 11 performances at the Illinois venue September 17–October 7.

The company will be 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 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.

The cast will also include 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. 

This new-to-Chicago production, which has been conceived by director Barrie Kosky as a tribute to his own Jewish heritage, centers the "Tradition" at the heart of Fiddler on the Roof while breathing new life into the beloved classic.

The creative team for Fiddler on the Roof includes 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 will be led by conductor Kimberly Grigsby in her Lyric debut; Michael Black is Lyric’s Chorus Master. New York casting is by Tara Rubin Casting/Merri Sugarman, and Chicago casting is by Becca McCracken.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting with your ad blocker.
Thank you!