STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Goodspeed's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

By: Jun. 25, 2014

Goodspeed Musicals will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof with an inspiring new production beginning June 27th at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Fiddler on the Roof will be sponsored by The Shops at Mohegan Sun. [Official Press Opening will be July 16, 2014]. Check out a sneak peek below!

Fiddler on the Roof features Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics bySheldon Harnick, Book by Joseph Stein which is based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl.

Leading the cast will be Adam Heller as Tevye. Mr. Heller returns to Goodspeed where he previously performed in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. His Broadway credits include Elf; Baby It's You; Caroline, or Change; A Class Act; Victor/Victoria and LES MISERABLES. Golde will be played by Lori Wilner, whose numerous Broadway credits include The Assembled Parties, On a Clear Day..., The People in the Picture, A Catered Affair, Awake and Sing!, Fiddler on the Roof, The Diary of Anne Frank and Those Were the Days.Cheryl Stern makes her Goodspeed debut as Yente / Grandma Tzeitel. On Broadway, she performed in the revival of La Cage aux Folles, Jackie Mason's Laughing Room Only and The Women.

David Perlman (Broadway's Baby It's You) will play Motel. Elizabeth DeRosa (Broadway's Mary Poppins) will play Hodel. Tzeitel will be played by Barrie Kreinik, Chava will be played by Jen Brissman, Fyedka will be played by Timothy Hassler, and Perchik will be played by Abdiel Vivancos. John Payonk (Goodspeed's The Most Happy Fella 2013) will play Lazar Wolf and Joy Del Valle (Goodspeed's Annie Get Your Gun) will play Shprintze. Allegra Rosa will play Bielke.

The ensemble includes Matthew Amira (Goodspeed's The Most Happy Fella), Will Burton (Hello, Dolly!), and Max Chucker, who will be the Fiddler. Joining the ensemble will be Michael J. Farina (Happy Days at The Norma TerrisTheatre) as Mordcha. Mr. Farina's Broadway credits include In My Life, Seussical, My Fair Lady, and Fiddler on the Roof. Joy Hermalyn of Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof, La Bohème, Candide, and Cyrano-The Musical will play Fruma Sarah. Jeremy Lawrence will play the Rabbi, and Darren Matthias(Goodspeed's Lizzie Borden at The Norma Terris Theatre) will play the Constable. Other ensemble members includeJeanette Minson, Curtis Schroeger and Dereck D. Seay. Charles South who participated in the 2012 Goodspeed Festival of New Artists will play Mendel. Jesse Swimm (Broadway's Mary Poppins and Goodspeed's High Button Shoes) will play Nacham and Eileen Tepper (Cutman a boxing musical at The Norma Terris Theatre) will play Shandel. The swings are Rob Montgomery and Paige Sommerer.

Fiddler on the Roof will be directed by Rob Ruggiero. Parker Esse will again join forces with Ruggiero as Choreographer. Michael Schweikardt will be the Scenic Designer. Costumes will be designed by Alejo Vietti. Lighting Design will be by John Lasiter and Sound Design will be by Jay Hilton.

The Music Director for Fiddler of the Roof will be Michael O'Flaherty. F. Wade Russo will be Assistant Music Director. Orchestrations will be provided by Dan DeLange.

Fiddler of the Roof is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

Tickets are available through the Box Office (860.873.8668), open seven days a week, or on-line at