Fiddler on the Roof begins performances tonight


The Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, begins performances tonight at the Broadway Theatre and will officially open on 20 December 2015. The musical is currently booking through to 3 July 2016.

The Tony Award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein.

Synopsis: "The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one's choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village."

The complete cast of Fiddler on the Roof includes five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein (Tevye), Tony nominee Jessica Hecht (Golde), Jenny Rose Baker (Shprintze), Michael Bernardi (Mordcha), Adam Dannheisser (Lazar Wolf), Hayley Feinstein (Bielke), Mitch Greenberg (Yussel/Beggar), Adam Grupper (The Rabbi), Adam Kantor (Motel), Karl Kenzler (Constable), Alix Korey (Yente), Samantha Massell (Hodel), Melanie Moore (Chava), Ben Rappaport (Perchik), Nick Rehberger (Fyedka), Alexandra Silber (Tzeitel), Jessica Vosk (Fruma Sarah), Lori Wilner (Grandma Tzeitel), Aaron Young (Sasha) and Jennifer Zetlan (Shaindel).

The ensemble includes Julie Benko, Eric Bourne, Stephen Carrasco, Eric Chambliss, Jacob Guzman, Jesse Kovarsky, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Sarah Faye Parker, Marla Phelan, George Psomas, Silvia Vrskova, and Jonathan Royse Windham.

The creative team behind Fiddler on the Roof features choreography by Hofesh Shechter (based on original conceptions and choreography by Jerome Robbins), scenic design by Tony nominee Michael Yeargan, costume design by Tony nominee Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Tony nominee Donald Holder, and sound design by Scott Lehrer. It is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Jam Theatricals.

Sher and Burstein have previously worked together on Broadway productions of 'South Pacific' and 'Golden Boy', which earned him Tony nominations, as well as 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown'.

Fiddler on the Roof, which has already mounted five previous Broadway runs, first premiered in 1964, garnering ten Tony nominations and winning nine, including Best Musical, Director and Choreography (Jerome Robbins), Book (Joseph Stein), Composer and Lyricist (Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick). The musical ran for eight years, the longest Broadway run in history at that time; a record which it held for ten years. Since then, it has been revived on Broadway in 1976, 1981, 1990 and, most recently, in 2004 at the Minskoff Theatre, starring Alfred Molina and then Harvey Fierstein as Tevye.

- by Tom Millward