Hop to Broadway: D. Zisl Slepovitch
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Hop to Broadway

D. Zisl Slepovitch

hosted by John Heginbotham
October 13, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Public Talk season. This is an archived view.

Exploring Yiddish Theater's contributions to the Broadway stage.

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Dartmouth Dance Ensemble Director and Broadway choreographer John Heginbotham hosts a lively conversation with musician, performer and scholar D. Zisl Slepovitch. Slepovitch prepared the music for Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, directed by Tony and Academy Award-winner Joel Grey, and is the founder and leader of the Litvakus klezmer band Zisl Slepovitch Trio. John and D. Zisl are joined by Emmy-nominated and Broadway actress Jackie Hoffman, one of the stars of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, to discuss the history of Yiddish Theater and its profound impact on Broadway theater.

This event is presented in partnership with the Jewish Studies Department at Dartmouth.

About D. Zisl Slepovitch

D. Zisl Slepovitch (Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch) is an internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist (clarinetist, saxophonist, flutist, pianist, keyboardist, singer), composer, arranger, translator, and music and Yiddish educator. He has been the Assistant Music Director, Music Director, and Music Coordinator in many productions by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, including the Drama Desk Award nominated operetta The Golden Bride. Slepovitch has taught Yiddish language and culture at The New School and served as educator and artist in residence at BIMA at Brandeis University. Photo: Sergiy Talochko

About Jackie Hoffman

The "terribly, terribly talented" (Broadway World) Jackie Hoffman is a Broadway, television and film actress and comedian. In 2019, she was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her work as Yente in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish. In her illustrious Broadway career, she has originated roles in hit productions including Hairspray, Hair, Xanadu and The Addams Family. Hoffman has appeared in numerous TV shows such as 30 Rock, The Good Wife, The Michael J. Fox Show, Difficult People and As the World Turns and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Critics' Choice Television Award for her role as Mamacita in the miniseries Feud. She is also a veteran of Chicago's famed Second City comedy improv group. Photo: Andrew Werner

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