NEW YORK (JTA) – Ever since Zero Mostel imagined himself as a rich man in the original 1964 Broadway production, “Fiddler on the Roof” has been a cultural landmark on Broadway and in the Jewish sphere.
It’s one of those musicals that always seems to be in rotation. Over the years, many a Tevye –from Mostel to Theodore Bikel to Chaim Topol to Alfred Molina – has inspired audiences to reflect on their own traditions, both those sustained and those lost.
Now in previews and set to open on Dec. 20, the newest revival and sixth Broadway production of “Fiddler” features a cast of Broadway veterans like Danny Burstein (“Cabaret,” “South Pacific”) as Tevye and Jessica Hecht (“A View from the Bridge,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”) as Golde, as well as “So You Think You Can Dance” winner Melanie Moore as Chava.
After thousands of stage productions and an indelible movie adaptation, early ticket sales suggest that the public’s interest in the musical have hardly waned. [Read more…]