The celebration of Fiddler on the Roof’s fall revival continues this week with more pictures from the Original Broadway Cast of 1964 and tunes from Fiddler on the Roof – Deluxe Edition. For the past two weeks, Masterworks Broadway has been emptying out its vault to celebrate its history and countdown to its opening date on November 20. The fall 2015 revival will be directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher and produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler.
Based on Sholom Aleichem’s stories about a poor milkman in late 19th century Russia, and the five daughters for whom he seeks significant weddings, Fiddler On The Roof opened September 22, 1964, at the Imperial Theatre in New York City; it moved to the Majestic Theatre on February 27, 1967, and to the Broadway Theatre on December 14, 1970; it closed on July 2, 1972, after 3,242 performances. This great musical benefited from the portrayal of Zero Mostel as Tevye, and Jerome Robbins’ splendid choreography in Boris Aronson’s sets inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall. In the profuse score created by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, “If I Were A Rich Man” stands out as the anthem of everyone looking for a better life. Before she became Mame’s bosom buddy and a television Golden Girl, Bea Arthur played Yente, the matchmaker; and Maria Karnilova traded her stripper’s outfit in Gypsy for the torn dress worn by Golde, Tevye’s long-suffering and silent wife. Others who shone in the cast included Julia Migenes as Hodel; Bert Convy as Perchik, the student; Austin Pendleton, as Motel, the tailor; and Leonard Frey, as Mendel, the rabbi’s son. First LP release: October 1, 1964
Catch the fall 2015 revival directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher and produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler at the Broadway Theatre this weekend!