Following the critically acclaimed Broadway revival in 2016, the classic Fiddler on the Roof will go on tour!
As a landmark program born in the golden age of American musicals, “The Fiddler” is a noisy, heartfelt love and acceptance story set in Russia on the brink of revolution. The countless iconic songs composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick include “If I were a rich man”, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Sunrise, Sunset”. Director Bartlett Schell “The Fiddler on the Roof” premiered on Broadway in 1964 and won nine Tony Awards. It was subsequently adapted for the screen and won three Oscars. The latest Broadway work, led by the irrepressible Danny Burstein, proved to be a worthy successor, staged more than 400 performances, and won three Tony Awards, including the Best Musical Revival Award and the Best Choreography Award. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher served as director.
At the turn of the 20th century, Russia was a country on the brink of revolution. Although the chaos seemed to seldom touch the isolated family of milkers Tevy, he saw the impact on the three eldest daughters and the lives they chose to lead. The eldest Tzeitel had no hope for a poor woman.
The Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway
The first Broadway revival opened on December 28, 1976, and 176 performances were performed at the Winter Garden Theater. Zero Mostel plays Tavy. Robbins directed and choreographed. The second Broadway revival opened on July 9, 1981, with limited performances (53 shows) at the New York State Theater in Lincoln Center. It is played by Herschel Bernardi as Tevye and Karnilova as Golde. Other actors include Liz Larsen, Fyvush Finkel, Lawrence Leritz, and Paul Lipson. Robbins directed and choreographed. The third Broadway revival opened on November 18, 1990, and 241 performances were staged at the George Gershwin Theatre. Topol plays Tevye, and Marcia Lewis plays Golde. Robbins’ work was copied by Ruth Mitchell and choreographer Sammy Dallas Bayes. The work won the Tony Award for Best Revival Award.
The Most-recent revival
Before the tour, the Fifth Broadway Revival of Fiddler on the Roof began on November 20th and opened at the Broadway Theater on December 20th, 2015. The concept and choreography are based on Jerome Robbins’ original work. Directed by Bartlett Sher and choreographed by Hofesh Shechter. The cast includes Danny Burstein as Tavy, Jessica Hecht as Gold, Alexandra Silber as Tzeitel, Adam Kanter as Motel, and Ben Rappaport Played Perchick, Samantha Marcel played Hoddle, and Melanie Moore played Chava. Judy Kuhn replaced Hecht as Gold in the final five weeks of the game on November 22, 2016. Designers include Michael Yeargan (set), Catherine Zuber (clothing), and Donald Holder (lighting). The initial comments were mostly positive, and I found Burstein and the show very touching. The play was nominated for three Tony Awards, but none of them won. After 463 performances, it closed on December 31, 2016.
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