Minskoff Theatre, (2/26/2004 - 1/08/2006)

First Preview: Jan 23, 2004
Opening Date: Feb 26, 2004
Closing Date: Jan 08, 2006
Total Previews: 36
Total Performances: 781

Category: Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival, Broadway
Setting: Anatevka, a village in Russia. 1905, on the eve of the revolutionary period.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by James M. Nederlander, James L. Nederlander, Sara Minskoff Allan and Minskoff Family

Produced by James L. Nederlander, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, Harbor Entertainment, Terry Allen Kramer, Bob Boyett, Lawrence Horowitz and Clear Channel Entertainment

Originally Produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince

Music by Jerry Bock; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; Book by Joseph Stein; Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem; Musical Director: Kevin Stites; Music orchestrated by Don Walker; Additional orchestrations by Larry Hochman

Directed by David Leveaux; Musical Staging by Jonathan Butterell; Choreography by and Original New York Stage Production Directed by Jerome Robbins; Associate Musical Staging: Gustavo Zajac

Scenic Design by Tom Pye; Costume Design by Vicki Mortimer; Lighting Design by Brian MacDevitt; Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners and Nevin Steinberg; Hair and Wig Design by David Brian Brown; Make-Up Design by Randy Houston Mercer; Associate Scenic Design: Larry Gruber; Associate Costume Design: Tracy Christensen; Associate Lighting Design: Jason Lyons

General Manager: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: Bruce Klinger; Associate Co. Mgr: Gregg Arst

Production Stage Manager: David John O'Brien; Production Manager: Gene O'Donovan; Stage Manager: Jenny Dewar

Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Sholom Aleichem's stories used by special permission of Arnold Perl; Music Copying: Emily Grishman Music Preparation; Conducted by Kevin Stites; Associate Conductor: Charles duChateau; Onstage Clarinet Solo: Jonathan Levine; Concert Master: Martin Agee; Violin: Cenovia Cummins, Conrad Harris, Heidi Stubner and Antoine Silverman; Viola: Debra Shufelt and Maxine Roach; Cello: Peter Sachon and Charles duChateau; Lead Trumpet: Timothy Schadt; Trumpet: Wayne duMaine and Joseph Reardon; Trombone/Euphonium: Ben Harrington; Flute: Brian Miller; Oboe: Matthew Dine; Clarinet/Flute: Martha Hyde and Jonathan Levine; Bassoon: Marc Goldberg; French Horn: Larry DiBello and Peter Schoettler; Drums/Percussion: Billy Miller; Bass: Peter Donovan; Accordion/Celeste: Elaine Lord; Guitar/Mandolin/Lute: Greg Utzig

Flying sequences by ZFX, Inc.

Casting: Jim Carnahan; General Press Representative: Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Dance Captain: Thomas Titone; Choreographic Consultant: Newton Cole; Dialect Coach: Kate Wilson; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Carol Rosegg

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Opening Night Cast

Randy GraffGolde
(Jan 23, 2004 - Jan 02, 2005)
Alfred MolinaTevye
the Dairyman
(Jan 23, 2004 - Jan 02, 2005)
Nancy Opel
Replaced Barbara Barrie in previews
Yente
the Matchmaker
(Feb 17, 2004 - Jan 08, 2006)
Stephen Lee AndersonConstable
David AyersFyedka
A Russian
John Cariani
Broadway debut
Motel
the Tailor
Nick DanielsonThe Fiddler
Philip HoffmanMordcha
the Inkeeper
Laura Michelle KellyHodel
Tevye's daughter
(Jan 23, 2004 - Jun 10, 2004)
Sally MurphyTzeitel
Tevye's daughter
Tricia PaoluccioChava
Tevye's daughter
Robert PetkoffPerchik
the Student
David WohlLazar Wolf
the Butcher
Stephen Ward Billeisen
Broadway debut
Vladek
A Russian
Randy BobishYitzuk
the Streetsweeper
Bottle Dancer
Melissa Bohon
Broadway debut
Anya
A Villager
Shane BraddockBoris
A Russian
Enrique BrownYussel
the Hatmaker
Bottle Dancer
Yusef BulosRabbi
Molly EphraimBielke
Tevye's daughter
Chris GhelfiMendel
the Rabbi's son
Bottle Dancer
Rita HarveyFredel
A Villager
Joy HermalynRivka
A Villager
Fruma-Sarah
Keith KühlVladimir
A Russian
Jeff Lewis
Broadway debut
Label
Bottle Dancer
Mark LotitoAvram
The Bookseller
Lea MicheleShprintze
Tevye's daughter
Craig Ramsay
Broadway debut
Boris
A Russian
David RossmerYakov
the Knifeseller
Jonathan SharpSasha
A Russian
Haviland Stillwell
Broadway debut
Surcha
Grandma Tzeitel
Barbara TirrellShandel
Motel's mother
Thomas TitoneNachum
the Beggar
Michael TommerBoy
Francis Toumbakaris
Broadway debut
Shloime
the Bagel Man
Bottle Dancer
Marsha WaterburyMirala
A Villager
Bruce WinantChaim
the Fishmonger

Swings: Gina Lamparella, Roger Rosen and Gustavo Wons

Understudies: Stephen Ward Billeisen (Fyedka), Randy Bobish (Mendel, Perchik), Melissa Bohon (Bielke, Chava, Shprintze), Shane Braddock (Fyedka), Sean Curley (Boy), Rita Harvey (Hodel, Tzeitel), Joy Hermalyn (Yente), Philip Hoffman (Lazar Wolf, Tevye), Gina Lamparella (Fruma-Sarah, Grandma Tzeitel, Tzeitel), Jeff Lewis (Motel), Mark Lotito (Constable, Lazar Wolf, Tevye), Lea Michele (Chava), Roger Rosen (Avram, Mendel), David Rossmer (Motel, Perchik, The Fiddler), Jonathan Sharp (Fyedka), Antoine Silverman (The Fiddler), Haviland Stillwell (Bielke, Hodel, Shprintze), Barbara Tirrell (Golde, Yente), Thomas Titone (Avram, Mordcha, Rabbi), Marsha Waterbury (Golde) and Bruce Winant (Constable, Mordcha, Rabbi)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2004 Best Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by James L. Nederlander, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, Harbor Entertainment, Terry Allen Kramer, Bob Boyett, Lawrence Horowitz and Clear Channel Entertainment

 2004 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Alfred Molina

 2004 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

John Cariani

 2004 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Tom Pye

 2004 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Brian MacDevitt

 2004 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Larry Hochman

Drama Desk Award

 2004 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by James L. Nederlander, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, Harbor Entertainment, Terry Allen Kramer, Bob Boyett, Lawrence Horowitz and Clear Channel Entertainment

 2004 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Alfred Molina

 2004 Outstanding Set Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Tom Pye

Songs

music by Jerry Bock; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

ACT 1 Sung By
TraditionFull Company
Matchmaker, MatchmakerTzeitel (Tevye's daughter), Hodel (Tevye's daughter), Chava (Tevye's daughter), Shprintze (Tevye's daughter) and Bielke (Tevye's daughter)
If I Were a Rich ManTevye (the Dairyman)
Sabbath PrayerFamily and Villagers
To LifeTevye (the Dairyman), Lazar Wolf (the Butcher) and Village Men
Miracle of MiraclesMotel (the Tailor)
Tevye's DreamFull Company
Sunrise, SunsetFamily and Villagers
ACT 2 Sung By
Now I Have EverythingPerchik (the Student) and Hodel (Tevye's daughter)
Do You Love Me?Tevye (the Dairyman) and Golde
Topsy-TurvyYente (the Matchmaker), Rivka (A Villager) and Mirala (A Villager)
Far From the Home I LoveHodel (Tevye's daughter)
ChavalehTevye (the Dairyman)
AnatevkaFamily and Villagers

Reviews


AP: "Carefully Fiddlin' With Fiddler on the Roof"

It's not easy being a classic work of musical theater.

Revive it exactly as it was first done, and you'll be accused of embalming; change too much and cries of "desecration" fill the air.

Consider "Fiddler on the Roof," one of the last great musicals of Broadway's Golden Age. All of its major New York revivals, including one with original star Zero Mostel, have been unsurprising re-creations of the memorable 1964 production.

That won't do for director David Leveaux, the man who carefully rethought last season's adventurous, Tony Award-winning revival of "Nine." His "Fiddler," while not as radical in concept, manages to shake off the past - with mostly satisfying results. His version opened Thursday at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre.

The big question mark is Alfred Molina as Tevye, the humble Jewish milkman at the center of the show. Mostel's Tevye was big, bright and bold, as colorful as designer Boris Aronson's original Chagall-inspired settings. And the longer Mostel did the role, the larger he got.

Molina delivers a subdued, shtick-free performance, finding his Tevye in shades of gray. That works well later in the show when things get more serious, but it gets the evening off to a questionable start, particularly when Molina, not the strongest of singers, delivers a tentative rendition of "If I Were a Rich Man."

Fortunately, the actor is rescued by the musical's fine book, adapted by Joseph Stein from the stories of Sholom Aleichem. It is a model of concise yet heartfelt storytelling. Set in rural, pre-Revolutionary Russia, the tale of Tevye and his daughters who tear him away, one by one, from deeply held traditions is a universal one. And Molina rises to its big dramatic moments.

One thing Leveaux hasn't tampered with is Jerome Robbins' original choreography, staged here by Jonathan Buttereil. Even after 40 years, it has lost none of its power. In "Tradition," "Fiddler" possesses one of the finest openings of any work of musical theater. The song, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, quickly defines character, time and place, setting up the audience for a sorrowful yet eventually uplifting journey.

And the beautiful score is more than that one song. For those who grew up listening to the original cast recording, hearing each melody is like greeting an old friend. Here, there's a new one, too. Bock and Harnick have supplied a jaunty new number, "Topsy-Turvy," for Yente, the matchmaker, played with appropriate gusto by Nancy Opel.

Leveaux pays particular attention to the sweet, sad moments involving Tevye's family. Each daughter is given her due; so is Tevye's moment alone with his wife, Golde, when he plaintively asks, "Do You Love Me?"

But then the director also is unafraid of a little excess. He has great success with one of the musical's more flamboyant scenes: the dream sequence in which Tevye convinces his wife that their eldest daughter, Tzeitei, should marry the hapless tailor Motel instead of the butcher Lazar Wolf. Strange creatures swirl around the stage while Tevye's daughter and her intended hang suspended in midair above the chaos.

Randy Graff 's Golde is a kinder, less astringent helpmate than Maria Karnilova's original. The three eldest daughters are beautifully sung by Sally Murphy, Laura Michelle Kelly and Tricia Paoluccio. Their suitors are a particularly diverse lot, especially John Cariani as a rubber-legged, perpetually twitching Motel.

Designer Tom Pye has placed the village of Anatevka in a large forest of birch trees, lighted by a large moon and twinkling stars -with the orchestra sitting on one side of the stage. The rustic setting is oddly Chekhovian in its beautiful isolation - maybe a little too much for a poor Russian village. No matter. After 40 years, "Fiddler on the Roof" still exerts considerable emotional pull.


AP
02/26/2004

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Minskoff Theatre

(2/26/2004 - 1/8/2006)
Company Manager: Gregg Arst(Aug 15, 2004 - ?).

Assistant Stage Mgr: Jon Krause(Aug 16, 2005 - Jan 8, 2006).

Violin: Entcho Todorov.

Dance Captain: Roger Rosen; Assistant Dance Captain: Mark Moreau.

Cast

Jennifer Babiak
Anya
A Villager
(Aug 10, 2005 - Jan 8, 2006)
Barbara Barrie
Yente
the Matchmaker
Was replaced in previews
(Jan 23, 2004 - Feb 15, 2004)
Neal Benari
Avram
The Bookseller
David Best
Boy
Kristin Carbone
Tzeitel
Tevye's daughter
Shandel
Motel's mother
(Aug 2, 2005 - Aug 21, 2005)
Anya
A Villager
(Aug 23, 2005 - ?)
Christopher Cardona
The Fiddler
Dana Lynn Caruso
Fredel
A Villager
Sean Curley
Boy Alternate
Craig D'Amico
Vladek
A Russian
Hannah DelMonte
Bielke
Tevye's daughter
(Jul 19, 2005 - ?)
Harvey Fierstein
Tevye
the Dairyman
(Jan 4, 2005 - Jan 8, 2006)
Ben Hartley
Russian Dancer
Vladimir
A Russian
Patrick Heusinger
Fyedka
A Russian
Betsy Hogg
Bielke
Tevye's daughter
(Aug 3, 2004 - Jun 26, 2005)
Leah Horowitz
Shandel
Motel's mother
(Aug 23, 2005 - ?)
Mitchell Jarvis
Yakov
the Knifeseller
Jason Lacayo
Nachum
the Beggar
Anne Letscher
Anya
A Villager
(? - Aug 21, 2005)
Andrea Martin
Golde (Jan 4, 2005 - Jul 31, 2005)
Janet Metz
Fruma-Sarah
Rivka
A Villager
Mark Moreau
Boris
A Russian
Russian Dancer
Rosie O'Donnell
Golde (Sep 20, 2005 - Jan 8, 2006)
Alphonse Paolillo
Boy Alternate
Richard Poe
Constable
Elena Shaddow
Grandma Tzeitel (Mar 8, 2005 - ?)
Laura Shoop
Hodel
Tevye's daughter
(Jun 11, 2004 - ?)
Peter Matthew Smith
Motel
the Tailor
(Mar 22, 2005 - May 2005)
Paul Anthony Stewart
Perchik
the Student
Michael Therriault
Motel
the Tailor
(May 2005 - ?)
Ann Van Cleave
Mirala
A Villager
Alison Walla
Shprintze
Tevye's daughter
Robert Wersinger
Bottle Dancer
Yussel
the Hatmaker
Lori Wilner
Shandel
Motel's mother
(? - Jul 31, 2005)
Golde (Aug 2, 2005 - Sep 18, 2005)
Adam Zotovich
Russian Dancer
Sasha
A Russian



Understudies: Jennifer Babiak (Bielke, Chava, Shprintze), Neal Benari (Constable, Lazar Wolf, Tevye), David Best (Boy), Randy Bobish (Avram), Dana Lynn Caruso (Hodel, Tzeitel), Rachel Coloff (Yente), Mitchell Jarvis (Motel, Perchik), Alphonse Paolillo (Boy), Daniel Rudin (Boy), Elena Shaddow (Hodel), Entcho Todorov (The Fiddler), Ann Van Cleave (Golde), Alison Walla (Chava), Robert Wersinger (Fyedka), Lori Wilner (Golde, Yente), Gustavo Wons (The Fiddler).


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