Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sholom Aleichem Comes Alive at National Yiddish Theater

The world of Sholom Aleichem comes alive this week at the National Yiddish Theater - Folksbiene in New York City, in a new show, Laughter Through Tears, a one-man show with Theodore Bikel playing the famous Yiddish writer. The show opens today and runs through December 13.

Sholom Aleichem’s stories introduced the world to Tevye the Milkman and inspired the landmark Broadway musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.” Theo Bikel played Tevye more than 2,000 performances onstage… Now as playwright and star, Bikel brings back to life one of literature’s most beloved authors and a bevy of the unforgettable 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. 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.

Sholom Aleichem’s last will and testament implored that we remember him only with laughter… and laugh you will as Theo Bikel’s heartfelt creation touchingly fulfills that wish.