Richards back off-Broadway

By Dagney C. Ernest | Aug 08, 2018
Grant Richards and other members of the “Fiddler” cast were introduced at the July 23 National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene gala.

New York — Belfast native Grant Richards made his off-Broadway debut last summer, shortly after picking up his Nazareth College degree in musical theater, minor in dance. After many months on the road with the Broadway National Tour of “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” he is back on a Big Apple stage.

Richards is again working with National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, whose revival of “Amerike — The Golden Land” gave him his first off-Broadway cred. This time, the show is “Fiddler on the Roof,” with a linguistic twist. He had a week to learn the show’s Jerome Robbins choreography and beloved songs — the latter in Yiddish, as is the entire production. “Amerike” was in Yiddish too, so he’s had some experience with the language.

The show, directed by Oscar and Tony award winner Joel Grey, has been extended to Oct. 25 at New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage. Richards joined as a swing player but takes on the Sasha track this month (a showcase for both his dance and vocal chops). For more information, visit nytf.org.

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