Oscar-winning performer Joel Grey directed the first major Yiddish production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in America — despite not knowing Yiddish.
It’s a miracle of miracles.
Joel Grey, perhaps best known as the star of “Cabaret,” made headlines last year when he came out in People Magazine. Now Grey (né Katz”) is making them again with his new tell-all memoir, “Master of Ceremonies.”
“I’ve always been in love with dance and always will be,” honoree Joel Grey told the audience at the 33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards 2015 held at NYU Skirball Center of the Performing Arts. Recipient of the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award, Grey lauded a roster of Broadway choreographers noting: “My life was in their hands—especially Bob Fosse—for helping me in my career.”
Joel Gray has been many things in his long and storied acting career. But he was always keeping a secret: ‘If you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.’
It feels like a bar mitzvah! A wedding!” proclaimed actor, performer Mike Burstyn, emcee at the June 10 National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene Gala Concert which honored Morris Offit, chairman, Offit Capital, award presenter to Offit, NBC Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw; and stage and screen great Joel Grey, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Also honored was Folksbiene veteran I.W. “Itzy”Firestone.