Musical Theatre

February 13, 2020

Interview with Joshua Horowitz on the Orchestration of Bas-Sheve

In February 2019, Josh Horowitz was sent the manuscript of Henekh Kon’s piano and vocal score of the only known pre-Holocaust Yiddish opera, Bas-Sheve.
May 17, 2019

Grand Opera for Yiddish Speakers in Early Twentieth-Century America! Who Knew?!

In the spring of 1904, New York witnessed the unlikely spectacle of a musical-dramatic adaptation of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal—in Yiddish.
July 26, 2018

A Yiddish Homecoming for Fiddler on the Roof

Fifteen years ago, I played violin in the pit orchestra for a high school production of Fiddler on the Roof in Sheldon, Iowa, a town whose five thousand residents were overwhelmingly white, Christian, and politically conservative. As the only Jew in at least a fifty-mile radius, I wondered how the show would resonate with the audience, most of whom […]
July 17, 2018

A fidler afn dakh: Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish

Before there was Fiddler, there was Tevye.
May 9, 2018

Yiddish Theatre Stars & Matinee Girls on the Move

You didn’t need to be the Great Gatsby to have a good time in the Roaring Twenties.
September 16, 2016

When History Belonged to the Opera Writers

History belonged to the opera writers. First Goldfaden, and later Hurwitz and Lateiner and their followers, owned the franchise on Jewish history.