Special Interview: Fiddler on the Roof’s Alexandra Silber


In this very special BroadwayRadio interview, James Marino and Matt Tamanini have a deeply personal, insightful, and revelatory conversation with “Fiddler on the Roof” star Alexandra Silber. Not only does she discuss many of her career highlights, she also talks about the lessons learned from the loss of her father, channeling that pain into two upcoming books, and many more stories from her varied career.

Episode Rundown
(time stamps are approximate)

00:00:00: Opening
– “Matchmaker” from the 2015 Broadway Cast Recording of “Fiddler on the Roof”
00:00:30: Social Media, #TheCutestPregnantWomanOnBroadway
00:03:10: “After Anatevka” novel, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
00:14:42: Arlington
-“Arlington” from the World Premiere Cast Recording of “Arlington”
00:22:43: Manhattan Theatre Club’s “Master Class”
-Performance clip from the 2011 Broadway Revival of “Master Class”
00:30:25: Mama and Papa Silber’s glorious love story, Al’s upbringing
00:33:31: San Francisco Symphony’s 2014 “West Side Story”
-“I Have a Love” from the 2014 San Francisco Symphony “West Side Story”
00:38:50: Replacing in the Original West End production of “The Woman in White”
00:47:10: How She Got to Scotland, a Connection Between her Choices and those of her Mother
00:55:00: 2015 “Fiddler on the Roof” Broadway Revival, Danny Burstein
-Tony rehearsal footage (courtesy of Playbill). Ceremony performances are protected by CBS’s copyright
01:02:45: How heartbreak and difficulty brought her back to the U.S.
01:09:33: Broadway Records’ World Premiere Cast Recording of “Arlington”
Purchase the Original Cast Recording of “Arlington” from Broadway Records
01:12:05: My Favorite Things Lightning Round
01:20:20: Closing
– “I Feel Pretty” from the 2014 San Francisco Symphony “West Side Story”

Connect with Alexandra

Official Website
Official Blog
Official Twitter | @AlSilbs
Official Instagram | @AlSilbs
Tatiana Angela Lansbury Romanov’s Official Instagram | @IFeelKitty
Dressing 51 Instagram (Al Silber and Sam Massell) | @DressingRoom51

About Alexandra Silber

Born in Los Angeles, California, Alexandra Silber grew up outside Detroit, Michigan. She attended Interlochen Center for the Arts, graduating with the coveted Young Artist Award, and continued her training at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in Glasgow, majoring in Acting. She graduated in 2005 with The Faculty Student of the Year Award just days before her West End debut as Laura Fairlie in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White. Alexandra made her feature film debut in Stephen King’s 1408, starring John Cusack, before portraying Hodel in The Sheffield Crucible’s 2007 production of Fiddler on the Roof, and it’s subsequent West End transfer. She joined Fiddler on the Roofdirector Lindsay Posner once again, portraying Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at The Savoy Theatre in London’s West End. She received tremendous critical acclaim, and Great Britain’s TMA Award for Best Performance in a Musical.  Alexandra made her American acting debut in a revival of her portrayal of Julie Jordan for Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles (under the artistic directorship of Jason Alexander) once again to overwhelming critical acclaim, and garnered an Ovation nomination. She joined Tony Award winner Tyne Daly in Terrence McNally’s Master Class at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, and made her Broadway debut in the same production with Manhattan Theatre Club in the Spring of 2011 (garnering a nod fromBackstage for one of the “great Theater Performances of 2011).” Alexandra made her New York theatre debut portraying The Young Wife in the Transport Group’s Revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again, and was nominated for a Drama League Award. She debuted two of her solo cabarets entitled “London Still” and “Ex Libris,” at the esteemed New York nightclub Feinstein’s at The Loews Regency, and was honored to be a part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series at The Kennedy Center in December of 2011. Alexandra portrayed Jenny Cavilerri in the North American Premiere of Love Story the Musical at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and returned to New York in a highly-acclaimed performance of Arlington – a new one woman musical,  as part of the Inner Voices series. Alexandra has also appeared as a Guest Star on all three branches of the “Law & Order” series (“SVU,” “Criminal Intent” and the original), as well as “The Mysteries of Laura.” In 2013 Alexandra made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the role of Nina with the Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance of Song of Norway, followed by a summer festival appearance at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s as Amalia Balash in She Loves Me, marking the first time a musical has been presented at this prestigious venue. Alexandra made her San Francisco Symphony debut as Maria in concert performances of West Side Story with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, from which a critically acclaimed recording was released, and for which she received a Grammy nomination. Alexandra returned to her hometown to appear with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of David Del Tredici’s opera Dum DeeTweedle. Alexandra received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Solo Performance in the full-length version of Arlington at the Vineyard Theater. She made her MUNY debut as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and returns to the San Francisco Symphony to join Michael Tilson Thomas, Patrick Stewart, and Nathan Gunn for the season opening gala.


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