Four-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein is heading to the opera—the Metropolitan Opera, that is. Burstein will make his Met debut on New Year's Eve in the non-singing role of Frosch, the jailer, in Die Fledermaus alongside his former South Pacific co-star Paulo Szot as Dr. Falke. This all-new production of Johann Strauss II’s classic features English-language lyrics by Jeremy Sams and dialogue by Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane. Directed by Sams and conducted by Adam Fischer, Die Fledermaus runs December 31 through February 22.
Burstein most recently appeared onstage in Encores!' The Cradle Will Rock and in the acclaimed off-Broadway revival of Talley’s Folly. He has been nominated for Tony Awards for his performances in Follies, Golden Boy, The Drowsy Chaperone and South Pacific. A renowned Brazilian opera singer and four-time veteran of the Metropolitan Opera, Szot won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut as Emile De Becque in South Pacific.
In addition to Burstein and Szot, Sams’ production will feature Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde, Christine Schäfer and Jane Archibald as Adele, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Orlofsky, Christopher Maltman as Eisenstein, Michael Fabiano as Alfred and Patrick Carfizzi as Frank.
Die Fledermaus is a farce about jail, a grand ball and mistaken identities.