Nine's Leveaux and Butterell Tapped for Fiddler, Starting January 2004

News   Nine's Leveaux and Butterell Tapped for Fiddler, Starting January 2004
Casting notices in the New York indicate that director David Leveaux and choreographer Jonathan Butterell, who created the current Tony Award-winning staging of Nine, will team again for Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof.

Leveaux's name has been bandied about for months as a likely director for the beloved tale of Russian-Jewish villagers. According to an early casting notice, Nederlander Presentations will produce the Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick-Joseph Stein show beginning Jan. 16, 2004, toward an opening of Feb. 12. Musical director is Kevin Stites, who is also the musical director of Nine.

The creative team and dates have not been officially announced to the media.

The Minskoff Theatre was previously named as the place where the town of Anatevka, circa 1900, will take root. Alfred Molina is expected to play Tevye, a role created by Zero Mostel.

Fiddler concerns the traditions of a family headed by Tevye the Milkman, whose five daughters (or at least three of them) are yearning for personal change even as greater changes are happening in the world.

The international sensation from 1964 was inspired by the stories of Sholom Aleichem and spawned such songs as "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "Sunrise, Sunset" and "To Life." Director Matthew Warchus and choreographer Kathleen Marshall were previously attached to this revival.

RCA recently released an enhanced version of the show's original album, with extra tracks that offer cut songs, special instrumental renderings and an interview with lyricist Sheldon Harnick.

Designer David Rockwell — who made his Broadway design debut with the recent Rocky Horror Show revival — is expected to create the sets.

Molina was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in the three-person Broadway play Art and starred in the TV series "Ladies Man." On the London stage the actor was seen in Serious Money, Speed-the Plow and Night of the Iguana.

Director Leveaux's recent work in New York includes The Real Thing, Betrayal, Electra, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Anna Christie. His current project is Jumpers for the Royal National Theatre in London.

Jerome Robbins was Fiddler's original director choreographer.

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