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Fiddler delays start date and announces additional casting

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Producers of the forthcoming Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof have delayed the first preview and opening night. The production will now begin performances at the Broadway Theatre on 20 November 2015 and will officially open on 20 December 2015. The musical is currently booking through to 3 July 2016.

Additional casting has also been announced. New additions include Jenny Rose Baker (Shprintze), Michael Bernardi (Mordcha), and Jennifer Zetlan (Shaindel), along with ensemble members Matt Moisey and Tess Primack.

They join previously announced cast members, which include five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein (Tevye), Tony nominee Jessica Hecht (Golde), Adam Kantor (Motel), Adam Dannheisser (Lazar Wolf), Karl Kenzler (Constable), Melanie Moore (Chava), Nick Rehberger (Fyedka), Alix Korey (Yente), Samantha Massell (Hodel), Ben Rappaport (Perchik), Alexandra Silber (Tzeitel), Jessica Vosk (Fruma Sarah), and Aaron Young (Sasha).

Other ensemble members also include Julie Benko, Eric Bourne, Jacob Guzman, Jesse Kovarsky, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Sarah Faye Parker, Marla Phelan, George Psomas, Silvia Vrskova, and Jonathan Royse Windham.

Further casting will be announced shortly.

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."

This revival 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.

- by Tom Millward

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