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Joel Grey

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Joel Grey

Director

Joel Grey

Director

In a career that was launched in the early 1950’s, Joel Grey has created indelible stage roles each decade since.   Grey made his theatrical debut at the age of 9 in On Borrowed Time at the storied American regional theatre the Cleveland Play House. He recently directed a production of the play at New Jersey’s Two River Theater Company for their 20th Anniversary Season.  He made his Broadway debut exactly two decades later in Neil Simon’s first comedy hit, Come Blow Your Horn (1961).  Since then, his Broadway credits include the Stop the World I Want to Get Off, Half a Sixpence, Cabaret (Tony Award), George M! (Tony nomination), Goodtime Charley (Tony nomination), The Grand Tour (Tony nomination), Chicago (Drama Desk Award), Wicked, Anything Goes, and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.  Joel’s dramatic stage roles include Marco Polo Sings a Solo, Give Me Your Answer, Do! (Drama Desk nomination), New York City Opera’s Silverlake (directed by Hal Prince) and Larry Kramer’s seminal The Normal Heart at the Public Theatre, which he also subsequently co-directed with George C. Wolfe in its Tony Award winning Broadway premiere (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination). Joel received the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the British Academy Award for his performance in the 1972 film version of Cabaret (directed by Bob Fosse).  He is one of only nine actors to have won both the Tony and Academy Award for the same role.  Other film credits include Man on A Swing, Robert Altman’s Buffalo Bill and the Indians, The Seven Percent Solution, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Steven Soderbergh’s Kafka, Altman’s The Player, The Music of Chance, Michael Ritchie’s adaptation of The Fantasticks, Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark and Clark Gregg’s Choke.  Notable television appearances include "Brooklyn Bridge" (Emmy nomination), "OZ," "Law and Order: CI," "House," "Brothers & Sisters," "Private Practice,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Nurse Jackie,” "Warehouse 13," and “CSI.” In 2010, Joel was honored for his illustrious television career by The Paley Center for Media in both NYC and Los Angeles. Joel is also an accomplished photographer.  He has five books of photographs, Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006), 1.3 – Images From My Phone (2009), and The Billboard Papers (2013) and The Flower Whisperer. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. His memoir, Master of Ceremonies, was published in February 2016 (Flatiron). Joel most recently directed the acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish which won the 2019 Drama Desk Award for Best Musical Revival, the 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Revival, and a 2019 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award Special Citation Joel is the father of Jennifer and James and the grandfather of Stella.

Staś Kmieć

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Staś Kmieć

Musical Staging & New Choreography

Staś Kmieć

Musical Staging & New Choreography

Staś Kmieć (Musical Staging and New Choreography) is an award-winning choreographer and folk-ethnographer. He has directed/choreographed multiple productions of Fiddler on the Roof throughout the world, including the new production in Yiddish that was a surprise hit on the New York theater scene. Other works include: the LA premiere of My Antonia (music by Stephen Schwartz), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Ireland premiere), Me and My Girl tour, The Elephant Man, Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore, Die Fledermaus, Nutcracker, Films – The Comedian, Trust the Man. Artistic Director: Ballet Western-Reserve, Lubliniacy Polish Folk Ensemble, Sarabande Repertory Ensemble. Awards include: New York Musical Festival’s “Excellence in Choreography” for the musical –The Mapmaker’s Opera (now titled The Stranger from Seville) by Australia's Kevin Purcell and Victor Kazan, Poland’s highest cultural honor – the Oskar Kolberg Award, 2019 Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Citation for “Best Musical Revival.” He is a member of the professional theatrical unions: Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA, American Guild of Musical Artists.    

Zalmen Mlotek

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Zalmen Mlotek

Music Supervisor

Zalmen Mlotek

Music Supervisor

Zalmen Mlotek (Music Supervisor) is the Artistic Director of The National Yiddish Theater for the past 20 years (www.nytf.org) His vision brought the critically acclaimed award-winning Fidler Afn Dakh (Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish) directed by Joel Grey, for which he served as music director to a successful run in New York City. He will supervise all  international productions as well as a National tour of the USA, beginning in September 2020. An internationally recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theater music, Mr. Mlotek has brought Yiddish-Klezmer music to Broadway and Off-Broadway stages with the Tony-nominated Those Were the Days and Drama Desk Nominated Amerike – The Golden Land as well as the Yiddish Pirates of Penzance.  He serves as music director for most NYTF productions, including the recent New York Times Critics Pick The Sorceress and Drama Desk Nominated musical The Golden Bride. His music can be heard in over two-dozen recordings and films, and has given master classes and performed all over the world.

Merete Muenter

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Merete Muenter

Associate Director

Merete Muenter

Associate Director

Merete is honored to be a part of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish in Australia!  Some of her previous credits as Director/Choreographer include THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (American Theater Group), CHICAGO, THE WHO’S TOMMY, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Woodstock Playhouse), and WEST SIDE STORY (Resident Director – European Tour).  She was also the Assistant Director for the European Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, directed by Baayork Lee. Merete’s Choreographer credits with the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene include the Off-Broadway productions of THE SORCERESS, AMERIKE – THE GOLDEN LAND, THE MEGILE OF ITZIK MANGER, and THE GOLDEN BRIDE, for which she received a Chita Rivera Award nomination for Best Choreography.  Merete is originally from Buffalo, New York, and a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo.  She would like to thank the cast, creative team, crew, musicians, Adrian, Paul, and especially Joel Grey, for the opportunity to share his beautiful production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish with Australian audiences!

BEOWULF BORITT

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BEOWULF BORITT

Set Designer

BEOWULF BORITT

Set Designer

In Australia, Beowulf has designed the musicals Come From Away and Rock of Ages. His Broadway credits include Act One (Tony award), The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nomination), Therese Raquin (Tony nomination), Come From Away, Freestyle Love Supreme, Be More Chill, The New One, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Meteor Shower, A Bronx Tale, Prince Of Broadway, Hand To God, Sondheim On Sondheim, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, Rock Of Ages, Chaplin, Bronx Bombers, GraceThe Two And Only and the Broadway Revivals of On The Town and Sunday in the Park with George. Beowulf has designed 100 Off-Broadway shows including The Last Five Years, Fiddler On The Roof (in Yiddish), Sleepwalk With Me and Miss Julie. He has designed for The NYC Ballet and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and around the world in England, Russia, China, Australia and Japan. He won the 2007 OBIE Award for sustained excellence.

PETER KACZOROWSKI

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PETER KACZOROWSKI

Lighting Designer

PETER KACZOROWSKI

Lighting Designer

Last season on Broadway, Peter designed American Son and Choir Boy, his 59th and 60th Broadway productions. His other main stem designs include Sweat, The Parisian Woman, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Waiting for Godot /No Man’s Land (with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart), Waiting for Godot (with Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin),Venus in Fur, Anything Goes, Grey Gardens, Contact, The Producers, Kiss Me, Kate, She Loves Me, Young Frankenstein and Steel Pier. Ten of Peter’s Broadway successes have transferred to London’s West End. He has extensive credits for Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, Roundabout, The Public Theater (both downtown and at the Delacorte in Central Park), The New Group, Playwright’s Horizons and Encores! His regional credits include productions at the Guthrie, the Goodman, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage and the McCarter among many others. His opera work has been seen at the Metropolitan, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theater of St Louis, Los Angeles Music Center and Seattle Opera, as well as abroad at The Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera/North, Edinburgh Festival, Maggio Florence, L’Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Bonn and Lisbon. Peter is the recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Dramalogue, Ovation and Hewes awards.

DAN MOSES SCHREIER

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DAN MOSES SCHREIER

Sound Designer

DAN MOSES SCHREIER

Sound Designer

Dan Moses Schreier is a sound designer and composer based in New York City. His designs on Broadway include The Iceman Cometh starring Denzel Washington, Duncan Sheik’s American Psycho, Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, Into the Woods and Sondheim On Sondheim, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, and the 50th anniversary production of West Side Story with Spanish lyrics by Linn-Manuel Miranda. His scores for Broadway include The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino, Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington and The Tempest starring Patrick Stewart. Dan’s numerous awards include five Tony Award nominations, five Drama Desk Awards, an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, Lucille Lortel Award and NAACP Theater Award. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony.

Fiddler on the Roof

PRESENTED BY
JOHN FROST AND OPERA AUSTRALIA

Fiddler on the Roof

Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl

Book by JOSEPH STEIN

Music by JERRY BOCK

Lyrics by SHELDON HARNICK

Produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince

Yiddish Translation by Shraga Friedman

Original New York Stage Productions Directed and Choreographed By JEROME ROBBINS

Musical Staging and New Choreography by STAŚ KMIEĆ.

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).

Directed by JOEL GREY