ENSEMBLE CAST REVEALED FOR NEW AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION OF FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
The remaining members of the cast have been announced for the new Australian production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, opening at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from December 29th. Followed by a Sydney season at the Capitol Theatre from March 24th 2016.
As previously announced, Australian musical theatre superstar, Anthony Warlow, returns direct from Broadway to play the coveted role of Tevye. Anthony has spent the last three years treading the boards on Broadway playing Daddy Warbucks in Annie and most recently replacing Kelsey Grammar as Captain Hook in Finding Neverland. Joining Anthony on stage is Australian stage and screen star, Sigrid Thornton, ARIA award winning musician Lior, funny-man Mark Mitchell and acclaimed actress Nicki Wendt.
Playing Tevye’s five daughters are Teagan Wouters (Dirty Dancing) as Tzeitel, Monica Swayne (Wicked) as Hoddel, Jessica Vickers (NIDA) as Chava and making their professional adult musical theatre debuts are Madeline Perrone and Sara Reed as Sprintze and Bielke.
Perchik will be played by Blake Bowden (Blood Brothers), Avram by Andrew Kroenert (City of Angels) and Fyedeka by Jensen Overend (Nice Work if You Can Get It). The role of Fruma-Sarah will be played by Sara Grenfell (Sunset Boulevard) while the Rabbi will be played by Derek Taylor. Completing the cast in the ensemble are Prue Bell, Jared Bryan, Zoe Coppenger, Zack Curran, Mark Doggett, Matt Douglass Brett Fisher, David Hammond, Glen Hogstrom, Jennifer Peers, Matthew Predney, Annie Stanford, Darren Tyler and David Whitney.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’s celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over, ‘Tradition’, ‘Sunrise Sunset’, ‘Matchmaker’, ‘To Life’ and of course, ‘If I Were A Rich Man’.
Written by Joseph Stein and based on Sholem Aleichem’s short story, ‘Tevye and His Daughters’, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF debuted at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in 1964. It ran for 3,242 shows, becoming the longest-running musical in 1972. It won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actor, Best Supporting
Actress and Best Director, as well as awards for author, producer, choreographer, costume design and, composer and lyricist. It won another Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1991. In 1971, the movie version, starring Topol was nominated for Best Picture and picked up three Academy Awards. The show has enjoyed many London and Broadway revivals, the latest opening at the Broadway Theatre this November.
“Fiddler on the Roof is a universal story of hope, love and acceptance, a stunning, joyful and jubilant musical masterpiece.” New York Daily News
“Filled with intoxicating pleasures.” New York TV1
“One of the most glowing creations in the history of musical theatre.” The New York Times
Set in 1905 in a small Jewish village in Tzarist Russia, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF tells the story of milkman Tevye and his attempts to preserve his family’s traditions in a changing world. One of Tevye’s 5 daughters, Tzeitel, wants to marry a poor tailor instead of a middle-aged butcher her father has chosen for her in the tradition of arranged marriages. The story follows Tevye as he attempts to hold onto his family values despite sweeping social change.
Produced by Tim Lawson for The Works Entertainment, (The Illusionists, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, A Chorus Line) this new Australian production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is directed by the acclaimed Roger Hodgman (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), musically directed by Kellie Dickerson (WICKED) and boasts the award winning choreography by Jerome Robbins (West Side Story) under the watchful eye of Resident Choreographer, Dana Jolly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). Completing the creative team is Set Designer, Richard Roberts; Light Designer, Paul Jackson and Sound Designer, Michael Waters.
Do not miss one of the world’s most beloved musicals for 6 weeks only at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from Dec 29 and Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from March 24.
For audiences young and old, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will be a theatrical experience not to be missed.
MELBOURNE – PRINCESS THEATRE – FROM DECEMBER 29
SYDNEY – CAPITOL THEATRE – FROM MARCH 24
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