Jessica Hecht & Adam Kantor join Fiddler on the Roof


Producers of the forthcoming Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof have announced the additional casting of Tony nominee Jessica Hecht as Golde and Adam Kantor as Motel. They join previously announced Tony nominee Danny Burstein as Tevye. Further casting will be announced at a later date.

Fiddler on the Roof will officially open at the Broadway Theatre on 17 December 2015, following previews from 12 November 2015, and 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.

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."

This production 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.

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.

Jessica Hecht earned a Tony nomination for her performance in 'A View From the Bridge' in 2010. Her other Broadway credits include 'The Assembled Parties,' 'Harvey,' 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' 'Julius Caesar,' 'After The Fall,' and 'The Last Night of Ballyhoo.'

Adam Kantor made his Broadway debut in 'Rent' as a replacement in the role of Mark Cohen. His off-Broadway credits include 'The Last Five Years,' 'Falling For Eve,' and 'Avenue Q.'

- by Tom Millward

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