Fiddler on the Roof begins previews 12 November 2015


Producers of the forthcoming Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, have announced that the musical will now begin previews a week earlier on 12 November 2015 at the Broadway Theatre, with an official opening on 17 December 2015.

The production, which stars five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein in the lead role of Tevye, is directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific), with choreography by Hofesh Shechter, an israeli-born artist, who runs his own UK-based dance company (The Hofesh Schechter Company) in Brighton, based on original conceptions and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Jam Theatricals.

The creative team behind Fiddler on the Roof has also been announced and will feature 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.

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

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."

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 Dom O'Hanlon