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The title of the opening number in Fiddler on the Roof is “Tradition,” and it’s becoming a Broadway tradition that every decade gets a revival of the classic musical.
Lead producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Jam Theatricals on Thursday announced that the beloved show will return in a new production in fall 2015, starring five-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein as Tevye, the Russian-Jewish father of five daughters, struggling to keep hold of his family and faith during a time of persecution.
Directing the latest revival will be Bartlett Sher, who won a Tony in 2008 for his revival of South Pacific and will be represented this season on Broadway with The King and I, opening on April 16 in a production starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe.
Burstein is currently appearing in Cabaret in the role of Herr Schultz, which earned him a Tony nomination earlier this year. He was previously nominated for The Drowsy Chaperone, Follies and for Sher’s productions of South Pacific and Golden Boy.
Set in the fictional Russian shtetl of Anatevka in 1905, on the eve of revolution, Fiddler on the Roof has a book by Joseph Stein based on stories by Sholem Aleichem, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. It premiered on Broadway in 1964, with Zero Mostel in the lead role and Beatrice Arthur as Yente, the village matchmaker.
Produced by Harold Prince and directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, it won nine Tonys that season, including best musical. The production ran for eight years, becoming the first show in Broadway history to surpass 3,000 performances.
The musical returned in 1976, again with Mostel as Tevye. It was revived again in 1981 and 1990, both times with the Israeli actor Topol in the lead role, which he had also played in Norman Jewison‘s 1971 screen version. The most recent Fiddler revival on Broadway was in 2004, and starred Alfred Molina, and later, Harvey Fierstein as Tevye.
The upcoming revival will feature choreography by Hofesh Shechter, based on Robbins’ original conceptions. Other cast and creative team are to be announced. The production is scheduled to begin performances on Nov. 17, 2015.
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