Fiddler on the Roof first premiered at Broadway's Imperial Theatre in 1964, immediately endearing itself to audiences with its simple story of the traditions that bind a family. Since the original Fiddler (which ran an astonishing eight years!), there have been four revivals of the well-loved show, including this production, which opened at the Minskoff Theatre on February 26, 2004.
What makes this Fiddler so different is the vision of acclaimed British director David Leveaux (the man who gave us Antonio Banderas in Nine), who has worked with the original authors to infuse the show with a fresh vitality and vision. [IMG:L]Now starring in the show is hilarious Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, who's gone from being a mother in Hairspray to playing papa Tevye in Fiddler, more than holding his own against the memory of famous Tevyes like Zero Mostel and Topol.
The story of Fiddler--inspired by the stories of Sholom Aleichem--concerns Tevye and his daughters, who are yearning for something new even as great changes are happening in the world outside their village of Anatevka. The score includes such songs as "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "Sunrise, Sunset" and "To Life."