News from Playbill.com – Theo Bikel Brings SHOLOM ALEICHEM Off-Broadway

Here’s the first in what certaintly will be a passel of features soon to come about our production of SHOLOL ALEICHEM: LAUGHTER THROUGH TEARS moving to New York in the fall.

Tony Nominee Bikel Will Bring Aleichem “to Life” in NYC This Fall
By Kenneth Jones
August 6, 2009

Two-time Tony Award nominee Theodore Bikel’s music-kissed new one-man show, Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, a biographical look at the Yiddish writer’s life, will get its New York City premiere Nov. 8-Dec. 13 at the Folksbiene Theater’s home at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.

Aleichem’s stories introduced the world to Tevye the Milkman and inspired the landmark Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Bikel play ed Tevye more than 2,000 performances onstage. As playwright and star, Bikel will bring back to life one of literature’s most beloved authors and many of the characters he created. “He tells their stories… he sings their songs… he magically melds times long gone with matters that tug at our heartstrings even today,” according to Folksbiene. “Singing in English and Yiddish, Bikel captivates his audience with an enchanting trove of music from Eastern Europe played live onstage by world-renowned musical director Tamara Brooks and acclaimed accordionist Merima Kljuco.”
Laughter Through Tears played Washington, DC’s Theater J in late 2008, followed by an engagement in Florida.

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