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.

National Jewish Theater
Arnold Mittelman, Producing Artistic Director
Originally developed and produced in 2008 by Theater J, Washington DC
Ari Roth, Artistic Director and Patricia Jenson, Managing Director
"the evening is filled with poignancy and humor. Evocative projections of vintage photographs help bring to life the colorful imagination and rich warmth of a wraiter who, as he put it, told stories “from the shtetl of my imagination."—
—New York Post
"His conversational baritone is just the right instrument for the Yiddish songs (he sings English translations too): confiding, with an undertow of melancholy. And in the end the sound of Yiddish captivates. It’s as evocative as any story." New York Times
"wants to show audiences how much moiré there is to Aleichem’s oeuvre thatn “Tradition” and “If I were a Rich Man."
San Francisco Chronicle
"for those who simply enjoy a thought-provoking story beautifully told, it’s a bit of a mitzvah too" Toronto Sun
"written, sung, and acted with touching reverence... a show that constitutes a cultural bequest as much as it depicts one. Washington Post
"Bikel keeps observers rapt, balancing light-hearted moments with soberring ones, singing in that rich voice, and once again definitively embodying Tevye the dairyman." Miami Herald
"Bikel— the true entainer—embraces his audience with a Tevye-like bear hug, refusing to let go even as the last curtain call and applause ended."DC Theatre Scene
"Bikel has written a love letter to his lost culture."
Washington Jewish Review
"a must-see not only what the actor has to say about Tevye, but for the mark Tevye has mad on the actor." Jewish Press