|Full Name David Fisher|
Occupation Actor and cantor
|Name Dudu Fisher|
Children Ofir Fisher
|Born 18 November 1951 (age 64) (1951-11-18) Petah Tikva, Israel|
Alma mater Tel Aviv Academy of Music
Role Music performer · dudufisher.com
Movies Opening Night, Dudu Fisher's Kindergarten, Dudu Fisher's Kindergarten: The Friendship Trip
Albums שבת שלום, In Concert From Israel (Live), Never On Friday
Parents Michael Fisher, Miriam Fisher
Similar People Yossi Green, Ohad Moskowitz, Shloime Dachs, Shlomo Katz, Yehuda Green
Dudu fisher brings jerusalem to branson
David "Dudu" Fisher (born 18 November 1951; דודו פישר) is an Israeli cantor and stage performer.
- Dudu fisher brings jerusalem to branson
- Israel s foremost singer and broadway star dudu fisher one night only in minneapolis
- Early life
- Cantorial career
- Les Misrables
- Other performance roles
He is known for his Broadway performance as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables.
Israel s foremost singer and broadway star dudu fisher one night only in minneapolis
The son of a Holocaust survivor, Fisher was born in Petah Tikva, Israel. Fisher had a son in June 2016. His wife Revital is his promoter and his agent.
Fisher began cantorial studies at age 22, after his discharge from the army following three years of service that included the Yom Kippur War. He studied at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, and studied privately under Cantor Shlomo Ravitz. He then took up the cantorial position at the Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv, followed by four years in South Africa. For over 20 years, he was the cantor at Kutsher's Hotel in the Catskills during the Jewish high holidays. In 2005, he became the Chief Cantor of the Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, New York and its now defunct subsidiary, the New York Synagogue in Manhattan.
After being mesmerised by the London performance of the 1980s hit musical, Fisher, despite no prior acting experience, requested the part in a Hebrew production of Les Misérables. He played its leading role, Jean Valjean, in Israel from 1987 to 1990, and made local fame.
He played the role on New York City's Broadway during the winter of 1993-1994, and later at London's West End, where he was invited to perform before Queen Elizabeth II. At both venues, Fisher was the first performer excused from Friday night and Saturday performances, as he is an Orthodox Jew and was not able to perform because of the Sabbath.
Other performance roles
Among Fisher's other performances is his one-man Off-Broadway show, Never on Friday, an anecdotal work exploring the complications of his experience on Broadway as an observant Jew. He performed in many tours around Israel, the United States, and the world, particularly in Jewish communities, performing classics, as well as musicals, such as Over the Rainbow which toured Israel with Fisher performing 40 Broadway show tunes.
He performed for United States President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, for Britain's Royal family, and for the Thai Royal family.
Fisher has also performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, with a performance televised in France, and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Queens Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded an album of show tunes with the London Symphony Orchestra. He was the first Israeli artist allowed to sing in the Soviet Union before perestroika.
In May 2009, Fisher sang – along with contratenor David D'Or – for Pope Benedict XVI as the pope visited Israel. Fisher is performing every November in Branson, Missouri with his show Jerusalem.
In 1988 he was invited to London to take part in a Royal Command Performance hosted by the Queen of England. The performance was a special version of Les Misérables, featuring artists from the many Les Misérables productions playing around the world. From there, the play’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, invited Fisher to play the role of Jean Valjean on Broadway and London’s West End. The role of Jean Valjean even took him to soccer’s World Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, where he and four other “Valjeans” were invited to sing. Although Dudu Fisher is not the first Israeli actor to achieve success in the theater and musical world, Fisher did achieve a first of a different kind. As an observant Jew, he was the first actor on Broadway and the West End to be excused from performing on Friday nights, Saturday matinees and all Jewish holidays.
In addition to his stage and synagogue performance, Fisher has released over 25 albums, including songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English, many classics and cantorial pieces, as well as music for children. He also dubbed the part of Moses in the Hebrew version of Steven Spielberg's animated film, The Prince of Egypt (1998).
He also joined David D'Or, Eran Zur, and Meir Banai in the song "Lisa" on the album Radio Blah-Blah (1994) by the Israeli band "The Friends of Natasha".
In 2009, Fisher recorded the song "Saleinu" for the organization Pioneers For A Cure, with the proceeds benefiting Ezer Mizion.