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Fiddler on the Roof opens on Broadway.- 1964

Saturday, September 22, 2007

The original Broadway production of Fidler On The Roof" opened on this day, September 22 1964 at the Imperial Theatre, transferred in 1967 to the Majestic Theatre and in 1970 to The Broadway Theatre, and ran for a total of 3,242 performances.

The production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins – his last Broadway staging. Original producer Fred Coe was replaced by producer Harold Prince. The cast included Zero Mostel as Tevye the milkman, Maria Karnilova as his wife Golde (each of whom won a Tony for their performances), Beatrice Arthur as Yente the matchmaker, Austin Pendleton as Motel, Bert Convy as Perchik the student revolutionary and Julia Migenes as Hodel.

During the original run, Joanna Merlin originated the role of Tzeitel, which was later assumed by Bette Midler. Adrienne Barbeau took a turn as Hodel, and Pia Zadora played the youngest daughter, Bielke. Other stage actors who have played Tevye include Theodore Bikel and Leonard Nimoy.

Sammy Davis sings "If I Were A Rich Man" from Fidler On The Roof

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