Lindsay Posner's production of the Joseph Stein (book), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Jerry Bock (music) musical transferred from Sheffield's Crucible to London's Savoy Theatre on May 19, 2007. The producers had previously intended to extend the run until April 26. But the show's spokesperson told Playbill.com that when Goodman's contract finishes on Feb. 16, it had been decided not to replace him.
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 nine 1965 Tony Awards and following previews played 3,242 performances.
Goodman's stage credits include an English National Opera production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers, and Posner has previously directed the actor in The Birthday Party and in the title role of The Hypochondriac at the Almeida.
Goodman was also famously the victim 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.
Posner's previous West End productions include 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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