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Danny Burstein confirmed as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

It has now finally been confirmed that five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein will play the lead role of Tevye in the forthcoming revival of Fiddler on the Roof, which will begin performances at a yet-to-be named Broadway theatre on 17 November 2015, producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Jam Theatricals have now revealed.

The production will be 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.

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'.

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."

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

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