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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Alexandra Silber's Upcoming Novel Tells of Life 'After Anatevka'

Melanie Moore, Alexandra Silberand Samantha Massell
in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Many actors will tell you that it's only natural to feel the separation when a production closes and they're no longer immersed in a character they've been playing eight times a week.

Some therapists say that writing about it is a good way to deal with any kind of emotional breakup, but, as reported by the New York Times, after playing Hodel in Britain's 2007 Sheffield Crucible's production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, as well as in its West End transfer, Alexandra Silber went so far as to write a novel about her character's experiences after she ventured far from the home she loves.

In the current Broadway revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Silber plays Tzeitel, the eldest daughter of Teyve and Golde, who begs her father to break with their community's tradition and allow her to marry the poor tailor Motel, who she loves, instead of being forced into a marriage with the wealthy butcher Lazar Wolf.

But as Hodel, she played the daughter who skips the begging and tells her father that she's marrying the Perchik, the student with revolutionary ideas, and then leaves their village of Anatevka to be with him when he's arrested and sent to Siberia.

In "After Anatevka," which was recently picked up for publication by Pegasus, Hodel is arrested herself after arousing suspicion as a woman traveling alone and much of the narrative is told through letters she exchanges with Tzeitel. The story then centers on Perchik's experiences in a labor camp.

"I have a little rewriting to do, because now I understand Tzeitel in a different way," she says, after immersing herself into her new role.

"After Anatevka" is scheduled to be released next summer.

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A beloved theatrical classic from Tony Award-winner Joseph Stein, and Pulitzer Prize- Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the production is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I); choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter; inspired by the original choreography of Jerome Robbins; and has musical direction by Ted Sperling.

Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including "To Life (L'Chaim!)," "If I Were A Rich Man," "Sunrise Sunset," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," and "Tradition."

The cast of Fiddler on the Roof features five-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner Danny Burstein (Cabaret, Golden Boy, Follies, South Pacific) as Tevye, Tony-nominee Jessica Hecht (A View From the Bridge, "Breaking Bad," The Last Night of Ballyhoo) as Golde, Jenny Rose Baker (Annie Get Your Gun) as Shprintze, Michael C. Bernardi as Mordcha, Adam Dannheisser (Rock of Ages, The Coast of Utopia) as Lazar Wolf, Hayley Feinstein (Shrek The Musical, National Tour) as Bielke, Mitch Greenberg (It Shoulda Been You) as Yussel and the Beggar, Adam Grupper (The Addams Family) as the Rabbi, Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years, Next to Normal, Rent) as Motel, Karl Kenzler (You Can't Take It With You, Mary Poppins) as the Constable, Alix Korey (All Shook Up, Chicago) as Yente,Jesse Kovarsky as The Fiddler, Samantha Massell (La Boheme) as Hodel, Melanie Moore (Finding Neverland, "So You Think You Can Dance") as Chava.

Fiddler on the Roof has scenic design by Michael Yeargan (Tony Award-nominee, The King and I), costume design by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award-winner, The King and I), lighting design byDonald Holder (Tony Award-nominee, The King and I), sound design by Scott Lehrer (Tony Award-winner, South Pacific), and hair and wig design by Tom Watson. Casting is by Telsey + Co./Abbie Brady Dalton.

Fiddler on the Roof is presented on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, JAM Theatricals, Louise Gund and Jerry Frankel.

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