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We’re Kvelling Over Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Kate McKinnon at ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended the Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof last night in New York City.

The iconic Jewish Supreme Court justice, 86, took in the musical with a signature scrunchie in her hair. Also in attendance? The inimitable Kate McKinnon, who plays RBG on Saturday Night Live.

We’re kvelling, indeed.

At one point during the show, McKinnon went over to greet Ginsburg. This was the first time the two had met — even though she’s played Ginsburg on SNL for a few years now.

And yes, McKinnon was obviously starstruck over meeting Ginsburg:

Ginsburg is familiar with McKinnon’s impression of her — in a 2018 interview, she said, “I liked the actress who portrayed me, and I would like to say ‘Gins-burn’ sometimes to my colleagues.” (Could you imagine?!)

Actor Bobby Underwood, who plays the constable in Fiddler, shared a series of photos and videos on his Twitter feed. He joked, “It was an honor kicking the Jews out of Anatevka in front of you.” (The constable, for those unfamiliar with the story of Fiddler, is the one who tells the villagers they have three days to pack up and leave.)

Ginsburg and McKinnon took a photo with the cast and crew after the show:

And went backstage together:

What a night!

Image of RBG in header by Allison Shelley/Stringer/GettyImages and of Kate McKinnon by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

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