Fiddler on the Roof to Play West End

News   Fiddler on the Roof to Play West End It has been confirmed to Playbill.com that the Sheffield Crucible production of Fiddler on the Roof — starring Henry Goodman as Tevye — will transfer to the West End's Savoy Theatre. Previews will begin May 14 with an official opening May 22.

Henry Goodman in Fiddler on the Roof.
Henry Goodman in Fiddler on the Roof.

Directed by Lindsay Posner, the revival of the Joseph Stein (book), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Jerry Bock (music) classic features a new arrangement of Bock's score by virtuoso violinist Sophie Solomon.

Stein based his book on the Sholom Aleichem stories. Jerome Robbins' original production starring Zero Mostel opened Sept. 22, 1964 at the Imperial Theatre, won eight 1965 Tony Awards and played 3,242 performances.

Goodman was most recently seen on the London stage at the English National Opera in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers, and Posner previously directed him in The Birthday Party and in the title role of The Hypochondriac at the Almeida.

Goodman's other stage credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago, and he played Shylock in Trevor Nunn's 1999 National Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice, which is considered to be a landmark production.

Goodman was famously on the wrong end of one of musical theatre's most brutal sackings when Mel Brooks fired him from the The Producers just before the New York critics were due to check out his Max Bialystock.

Beverley Klein (Camille, Jerry Springer the Opera) plays Golde, Tevye's formidable wife.

Posner's most recent West End production was a revival of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love starring Juliette Lewis. Other credits include a string of Mamet plays: Oleanna(starring Aaron Eckhart and Julia Stiles), A Life in the Theatre (with Patrick Stewart and Joshua Jackson), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (with Matthew Perry, Minnie Driver and Hank Azaria) and, most recently, Mamet's farce Romance, with "Frasier" star John Mahoney.

Posner's production of Fiddler on the Roof opened at the Crucible Theatre on Dec. 5, 2006.

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