Fiddler on the Roof, the beloved musical about Tevye, the beleaguered Jewish milkman in Tsarist Russia, will be returning to Broadway for the fifth time in the fall of 2015.
Tony-winner Barlett Sher (The Bridges of Madison County, South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) will direct. There has been no announcement about casting, but the New York Times reports Danny Burstein is in talks to play the lead. Burstein has been Tony nominated for The Drowsy Chaperone, South Pacific, Follies, and Golden Boy. He also previously worked with Sher on the musical version of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
Based on the short stories of Sholom Alcheim, Fiddler features a book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. The score includes such classics as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “L’Chaim.” Jerome Robbins directed and choreographed the original production, which opened in 1964. It won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Actor for Zero Mostel as Tevye, and ran for eight years for a total of 3,242 performances. There were short-run revivals in 1976 (with Mostel), 1981 (with Herschel Bernadi), and 1991 (with Topol, who also starred in the 1971 film version). A 2004 revival ran for 781 performances and starred Alfred Molina and later Harvey Fierstein.