July 11, 2022

Meet the cast of Fiddler on the Roof

Five principal singers, all with extensive Broadway experience, will be making their Lyric debuts this fall in Fiddler on the Roof.

Audiences can expect captivating performances from a phenomenal cast of Broadway stars and look forward to the North American premiere of a reimagined all-time classic, directed by Barrie Kosky.

Steven Skybell

While his Broadway credits include Wicked, The Full Monty, and of course Fiddler On The Roof, Skybell starred for two years off-Broadway in Joel Grey's acclaimed Yiddish production of Fiddler on The Roof. Playing Tevye, Skybell received the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Performance by Lead Actor in a Musical. Aside from musicals, Skybell's TV and film credits include The Good Fight, Blue Bloods, Elementary, Chicago PD, Cradle Will Rock, and Simply Irresistible.

Steven Skybell & Jennifer Babiak sing "Do You Love Me"

Enjoy this excerpt from BoadwayBox of "Do You Love Me" from Yiddish Fidder on the Roof, sung by Steven Skybell and Jennifer Babiak.

Debbie Gravitte

Gravitte’s career has taken her across the Broadway stage to symphony halls and everywhere in between. She has starred in eight Broadway shows, won a Tony Award, and was nominated for an Emmy. Gravitte has also sung with more than 200 symphony orchestras, including performances at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Royal Albert Hall, among others. She has starred in several PBS specials, including Live from the Kennedy Center, and can be heard as one of the voices in Disney’s beloved animated film The Little Mermaid.

Lauren Marcus

A Glencoe native, Marcus has appeared in Be More Chill on Broadway and was seen recently in The Bedwetter at Atlantic Theater Company. She made her feature film debut last November in Lin-Manuel Miranda's tick, tick...Boom!, now streaming on Netflix. In addition, Marcus is developing a television pilot with the New York Stage and Film Filmmakers' Workshop.

Be More Chill: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

At 4:52, hear Lauren Marcus cover "A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into" from the Broadway musical Be More Chill.

David Benoit

A Broadway veteran is making his Lyric debut as Lazar Wolf. Benoit has appeared in the Broadway and national tours of Les Misérables, Avenue Q, Jekyll and Hyde, and Dance of the Vampires. This is not his first Fiddler, as he previously appeared in Virginia Rep's 2013 production. His portrayal of Tevye had the Richmond Times-Dispatch taking note of his "strong and elegant voice" filling the stage with heart.

Joy Hermalyn

Hermalyn will be right at home starring as Lyric's Yente, having played the role under the Broadway spotlight. Her most recent Broadway performance was as Grandma Gellman in the Tony-nominated revival of Caroline, or Change. Hermalyn has also delighted opera audiences around the country in performances of Le Nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto, Il Trittico, Madama Butterfly, and La Bohème. In 2013 she was featured in The Sound of Music Live! with Carrie Underwood on NBC and in Sweeney Todd the following year with the New York Philharmonic for Live from Lincoln Center on PBS.

These five storied artists are sure to dazzle audiences when they make their Lyric debuts. Experience it for yourself when Fiddler on the Roof comes to Lyric September 17-October 7.

September 17 - October 7, 2022

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

One of the world’s leading opera directors, Barrie Kosky is celebrated from Vienna to Paris and from Bayreuth to London, where his new Ring cycle will take the stage at the Royal Opera starting next year. When his production of Fiddler on the Roof premiered at Komische Oper Berlin in 2017, international critics heralded the arrival of a completely original and unique experience created from this revered, Tony Award-winning masterpiece. “Songs many of us have heard our whole lives sentimentalized...are given weight and take on deep meaning,” raved the Los Angeles Times. Experience a Fiddler like no other, with the full power of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and a production that is both grand in scale and intimate in its power to bring you directly to the heart of the village of Anatevka. Join us as Tevye, his wife Golde, and their five daughters experience the real joys and sorrows that have made this meaningful work an enduring part of our culture.

Header image: Iko Freese/Komische Oper Berlin