Neva Small is an American theatrical, film, and television actress and singer. She made her singing debut at the age of 10 with the New York City Opera as Beverly Sills’ daughter. She made her Broadway debut the following year in the Jule Styne musical Something More playing Barbara Cook’s daughter. She has numerous acting credits on and Off-Broadway. She is best known for her portrayal of Chava, Tevye’s third daughter, in the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof. Her signature role remains a classic. Neva has distinguished herself as a singer and actress in theaters and concert halls across America, on film, and on television.
A richly detailed examination of the nuts and bolts of moviemaking, this 50th anniversary celebration of Norman Jewison’s Fiddler on the Roof, narrated by Jeff Goldblum, shows us how the beloved musical made its triumphant, hazardous journey to the screen. Playing at the 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Neva is interviewed in this new documentary, Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles. As Lin-Manuel Miranda, who performed “To Life To Life L’Chaim” at his own wedding, says in the trailer, “Fiddler captures those big moments in our lives — moments of transition; moments of tradition breaking; tradition renewing.” It hits theaters August 23.
The Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish) cast album was released online. The hard cd will be released soon, in time for Grammy consideration this year.
Neva sings “To Marry for Love”, the cut song from the original show – before “Matchmaker” in English. Stay tuned!
“Neva Small has a vocal vitality all her own, and a superb way of interpreting a song and making it sound as if no one else could perform it as well.”
– Jeffrey Lyons