Many actors thank G-d when they win an Oscar or a Tony, but when Steven Skybell accepted his Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, which recognizes excellence in New York Off-Broadway theatre, he thanked G-d because “He’s one of the major scene partners I have in this play! I talk to G-d throughout the play and people have responded that it’s the relationship to G-d that seems very alive in our production. Tevye is really struggling and really dialoging with G-d…and I said recently ‘that is what “Yisrael” is, to struggle with G-d!'”

We’ll publish a review of the performance next week and bring you an exclusive, backstage interview with Fiddler’s award-winning star, Texas-born and bred Steven Skybell!