No official announcement has been made, but a source close to the production confirmed Garber's casting. The actor was reported by Playbill On-Line to be in talks to play the role on Oct. 29, 2002.
The television event has been in the planning stages for a couple of years out of the office of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Storyline Entertainment, the production company that put together the ratings smashes "Annie" and "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," as well as the forthcoming Matthew Broderick-Kristin Chenoweth version of "The Music Man" for "Wonderful World of Disney." "Fiddler is apparently the next show in the pipeline. Zadan and Meron are also producers of the film, "Chicago."
Four-time Tony Award nominee Garber has been featured in two of the above films—as Daddy Warbucks in "Annie" and as Mayor Shinn in "The Music Man."
Zero Mostel created Tevye in the Broadway premiere of the musical by Joseph Stein, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock. Since then, important Tevyes have included Theodore Bikel, who has toured in recent seasons; Topol, who played the role several times on stage as well as in the film of the musical; and Luther Adler and Herschel Bernardi, both of whom followed Mostel into the role on Broadway.
Sources also have Andrea Martin (Oklahoma!) being considered for Golda, Tevye's wife. Storyline would not confirm or deny any contact with Martin. Garber's time is currently taken up by the hit ABC television series, "Alias," in which he plays a CIA double agent. His last Broadway appearance was in Art. Musical Broadway credits include the 1994 Broadway revival of Damn Yankees, the 1982 revival of Little Me and the original production of Sweeney Todd. He also starred in the national tour of They're Playing Our Song. He was Tony nommed for Deathtrap, Lend Me a Tenor, Little Me and Damn Yankees.