Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage

By: Nov. 13, 2014

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production this fall, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater mounts a new staging of Fiddler on the Roof, the iconic musical that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Helmed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, the production features choreography by Arena favorite Parker Esse, who adapts the original Jerome Robbins choreography for an in-the-round staging, and a 10-piece orchestra led by Musical Director Paul Sportelli (Arena's My Fair Lady, Light in the Piazza). The production celebrated its opening on November 12 with Sheldon Harnick and more, and BroadwayWorld has photos below!

The theatrical masterpiece, which garnered nine Tony Awards for its 1964 debut, weaves together a portrait of family, community and life's unexpected miracles, large and small, and showcases a jubilant and beloved score, including "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "Tradition." Featuring a book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and based on Sholem Aleichem stories, Fiddler on the Roof runs through January 4, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage.

Ann Arvia (Broadway's Mary Poppins, Les Miserables) makes her Arena Stage debut as Golde and joins the previously announced Tony Award nominee Jonathan Hadary (Broadway's Golden Boy, Spamalot, Gypsy) as Tevye. Their five daughters are played by Dorea Schmidt (Constellation Theatre's The Love of the Nightingale) as Tzeitel, Hannah Corneau (Alliance Theatre's Harmony) as Hodel, Maria Rizzo (Signature Theatre's Gypsy) as Chava, Shayna Blass(Theater J's Yentl) as Shprintze and Maya Brettell (Signature Theatre's Beaches) as Bielke. Portraying the suitors of the eldest daughters are Joshua Morgan (Rep Stage's The Piano Teacher) as Motel, the tailor; Michael Vitaly Sazonov (Arena Stage's The Light in the Piazza) as Perchik, the scholar; and Kurt Boehm (Arena Stage's My Fair Lady) as Fyedka, the Russian soldier. The company also features Erick Devine (Broadway's Ragtime) as Lazar Wolf and Valerie Leonard (Arena Stage's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) as Yente/Grandma Tzeitel.

Completing the lineup of actors, which boasts 20 locals out of the 28-person company, are Alex Alferov as the Fiddler, Scott Harrison as Mendel, Joe Mallon as Nachum, Jimmy Mavrikes as Yussel, Tracy Lynn Olivera as Fruma-Sarah, Joe Peck as Rabbi, Barbara Pinolini as Shandel, Kyle Schliefer as Sasha, Thomas Adrian Simpson as Mordcha, Chris Sizemore as Constable/Russian Soloist, Jamie Smithson as Avram and ensemble members Trevor Illingworth, Farrell Parker and Curtis Schroeger with swings Eric Greengold and Jesse Palmer.

Smith, Esse and Sportelli collaborate with Set Designer Todd Rosenthal, Costume Designer Paul Tazewell, Lighting Designer Colin K. Bills and Sound Designer Lindsay Jones to transport audiences to the tight-knit and colorful Jewish village of Anatevka, utilizing earthy and authentic tones rich in historical and ethnic detail to create an in-the-round world for Tevye, a humble Jewish father who finds his devotion to God severely tested by his headstrong daughters, who want to be their own matchmakers, and the increasingly ruthless government forcing him from his land.

Photo Credit: Cameron Whitman Photography

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Sheldon Harnick, Executive Producer Edgar Dobie and Artistic Director Molly Smith

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Margery Gray Harnick and Sheldon Harnick

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Artistic Director Molly Smith and Sheldon Harnick

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Executive Producer Edgar Dobie and Senator Tim Kaine

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Cast member Jonathan Hadary

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Musical director Paul Sportelli, Artistic Director Molly Smith and choreographer Parker Esse

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Cast members Maya Brettell, Dorea Schmidt, Hannah Corneau, Maria Rizzo and Shayna Blass

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Margery Gray Harnick, Sheldon Harnick and cast member Jonathan Hadary

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Sheldon Harnick

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Cast members Ann Arvia and Jonathan Hadary

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Cast members Dorea Schmidt and Joshua Morgan

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Cast members Hannah Corneau and Michael Vitaly Sazonov

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Cast members Maria Rizzo and Kurt Boehm

Photo Flash: Sheldon Harnick, Jonathan Hadary and More Celebrate FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Opening at Arena Stage
Choreographer Parker Esse (center) with cast members Curtis Schroeger and Jesse Palmer



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