This month, I am preparing to sing for an event to honor a dear colleague and mentor, Theodore Bikel, on Sept 27th in NYC.
Theo was my Papa in Fiddler on the Roof and I got to sing “Far From The Home I Love” to him at the train station every night. What an emotional memory that is! He often would invite the cast to an evening of food and song, singing folk songs he collected from around the World in several languages. This was after doing 8 performances as Tevye! He was a force to be reckoned with.
At home, on Sunday evenings, he often held informal jams with the likes of Peter Yarrow, Arlo Guthrie, and Tom Paxton. Aimee Ginsburg Bikel approached me to put together a small group of alumni from our cast of Fiddler on the Roof to sing “Sabbath Prayer” at the memorial concert, Remembering Theo.
The concert will feature Peter Yarrow, David Broza, Sheldon Harnick and more. It will also serve as a CD release of a collection of songs Theo was working on his last few years,"While I'm Here", and a Fundraiser for the Theodore Bikel Fund for Peace and Social Justice.
The Fund will honor and promote the values that Theo struggled for throughout his life: human rights and social justice, dignity and peace for Israel, its neighbors and the world. Check here for more information.