Casting Complete For Fiddler On The Roof Revival
Call it “Tradition” but Fiddler on the Roof is no stranger to Broadway. Turning 50 this year, the show has managed five Broadway revivals during its short lifetime. While some may say that’s excessive for one show, there’s some magic that keeps bringing this show and story back to the New York stage. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of the full casting for the upcoming revival of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway!
Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein that tells the story of Tevye, his five daughters and his attempt to maintain tradition of Jewish culture and religion as the outside world attempts to creep into their every day lives. Tevye must deal with the actions of each daughter who wishes to marry for love while Tsar of Russia begins to evict Jewish from villages across the country. Anatevka is next.
Fiddler on the Roof is slated to begin previews November 20th, 2015 at The Broadway Theatre before officially opening December 20th. Fiddler’s return to Broadway this season will mark the fifth time the show has been revived in its 50 years of existence. The original Broadway production premiered on September 22nd, 2964 at the Imperial Theatre. The show would run for over 3,200 performances moving to The Majestic Theatre in 1967 and again to The Broadway Theatre in 1970. For at least 10 years, the show held the distinction as the longest running show in Broadway history until it was surpassed be Grease. To this day, the original production is the 16th longest running show in Broadway history. The show received 10 Tony Award nominations and won 9 of them including Best Score, Best Book and Best Musical. The production was staged by Jerome Robbins and it would be his last original Broadway staging.
Leading Fiddler’s return to Broadway is a larger than life cast! At the helm is five-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein (Pictured Left) as Tevye. Joining Burnstein will be Tony nominee Jessica Hecht as Golde, Adam Kantor as Motel, Alix Korey as Yente, Samantha Massell as Hodel, Ben Rappaport as Perchik, Alexandra Silber as Tzeitel, Adam Dannheisser as Lazar Wolf, Karl Kenzler as the Constable, Melanie Moore as Chava, Nick Rehberger as Fyedka, Jessica Vosk as Fruma Sarah, Aaron Young as Sasha, Jenny Rose Baker as Shprintze, Jeffrey Schecter as Mendel, Michael Bernardi as Mordcha, Jennifer Zetlan as Shaindel, Hayley Feinstein as Bielke, Mitch Greenberg as Yussel and the Beggar, Adam Grupper as the Rabbi and Lori Wilner as Grandma Tzeitel.
The ensemble includes Eric Bourne, Stephen Carrasco, Eric Chambliss, Jacob Guzman , Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Sarah Parker, Marla Phelan, George Psomas, Julie Benko, Jesse Kovarsky, Matt Moisey, Tess Primack, Silvia Vrskova and Jonathan Royse Windham.
Bartlett Sher (Pictured Right), best known for putting together Tony Award winning revivals for Lincoln Center including 2015’s The King And I, is so to direct Fiddler on the Roof‘s return to Broadway. Hofesh Shechler is set to choreographed, inspired by the original choreography of Jerome Robbins. Ted Sperling is musical director. The rest of the creative team includes Michael Yeargan as scenic designer, Catherine Zuber as cotume designer, Donald Holder as lighting designer and Scott Lehrer as sound designer. Casting is by Telsey + Co./Abbie Brady Dalton with Oran Eldor providing dance arrangements.
I could not see a better point in our history for Fiddler on the Roof to return to Broadway. Sure, the show has been revived four previous times on Broadway but that’s not what I’m talking about. What we have here is a story of changing tradition, discrimination, eviction, love, loss and yet still at the end of the day, hope. At a time in our world when millions are fleeing the Middle East due to persecution for their faith and belief, Fiddler is more relevant than ever before. I feel pain in saying that is only one example. Thousands across Europe and many here in our own country are experience changing tradition seeking the next step while holding on to what they not only have, but what they know. This story can always find relevance in our world, but it’s timing and message is needed now more than ever before.
Fiddler on the Roof‘s box office officially opens today at The Broadway Theatre! Don’t miss your chance to experience this classic Broadway musical as it returns to The Great White Way this season! It’s tradition! For more information, visit Fiddler on the Roof’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!