Zero Mostel: Beyond Fiddler on the Roof

Paul Offenkrantz
Jewish Culture & History / Arts & Letters

Course Description

Most theater-goers know Zero Mostel primarily through his iconic performances as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, but there is much more to this unique and larger-than-life personality. Mostel was an accomplished painter; he was "blacklisted" after refusing to "name names" during the Red Scare of the 1950s; he was a champion of Yiddish culture; he performed the title role of Gianni Schicchi in Puccini's one-act comic opera for a production broadcast on CBS. Using rare archival videos, this program will explore the many facets of Zero Mostel.

About the Instructor

  • Paul Offenkrantz, PhD, a graduate of Oberlin College, attended the Yale School of Music and earned a Master of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College, where he was also ordained as a cantor. In his distinguished career, he has served communities in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and West Palm Beach. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Hebrew Union College and received rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute. He began singing professionally on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera at the age of nine and appeared in over 30 different operas at the MET over the course of five seasons. He has worked with Leonard Bernstein, Richard Tucker, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and many other important artists. He concertizes and lectures extensively throughout South Florida and is also an adjunct professor of Music History at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University.

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