Zalmen Mlotek

Over the past fifteen years, Zalmen Mlotek has helped redefine Jewish performing arts for today’s audiences, as the artistic director of the Drama Desk Award winning NYTF. Mr. Mlotek brought Yiddish-Klezmer music to Broadway and Off-Broadway stages as co-creator, music director and conductor of Those Were the Days, the first bilingual musical honored with a Drama Desk Award and nominated for two Tony Awards. A noted pianist whose playing can be heard in over two-dozen recordings and films, Mlotek has accompanied Mandy Patinkin, Theodore Bikel, Jean Stapleton, Sheldon Harnick, Jan Peerce, Ron Rifkin, and Joel Gray, among many others. He was a composer, arranger and music director for Isaac Bashevis Singer and Robert Brustein’s acclaimed production, Shlemiel The First, directed by David Gordon. Mlotek received his musical training at the Juilliard School of Music and studied under Leonard Bernstein. His vision has been at the heart of NYC

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