Rage Against Suburban Zombie-ism
Monday, November 23, 2009
I jumped at Fiddler tickets when I heard that the star of the '71 movie, Topol was gonna be performing on-stage, in Toronto, this Chrismukkah.
This weekend, however, I heard from my sis that Topol's "sick" and won't be the lead after all! Farewell Tour? YEAH RIGHT! She received an email, re: bubbe meises, after ordering tix for her work peeps.
I guess I shouldn't feel as gypped as a gf who got the most expensive tickets @ $120+/ea.
P.S. I like how they only sent the news to 'Mirvish Groups'. :(
Now here's the news (edited)...
From: Mirvish Production Group Sales [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
For Immediate Release
to replace Topol in North American Tour of
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Launching a new “tradition” Harvey Fierstein replaces Topol in the North American tour of the TONY award winning musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Chaim Topol, regrettably informed the show’s producers he would have to leave the production due to a shoulder injury requiring emergency long-term treatment.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will play Toronto’s Canon Theatre from December 8, 2009 to January 10, 2010.
“We were shocked to hear, that due to a serious injury, Topol would no longer be able to complete his scheduled North American tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF,” says Toronto presenter David Mirvish. “But as soon as the tour’s producers told us that they had successfully engaged Harvey Fierstein to play the lead role in this classic and iconic musical, our shock turned to delight. Mr. Fierstein is not only a brilliant writer, but a magnificent performer, a genuine Broadway star who we look forward to welcoming to Toronto.”
Mr. Fierstein starred as the iconic milkman, Tevye in the recent critically acclaimed Broadway production. Audiences now have the rare opportunity to see the TONY award winner embrace one of his favorite roles in this Jerome Robbins inspired production. Mr. Fierstein has won four TONY awards including Best Book of a Play and Best Actor in a Play for Torch Song Trilogy. His most recent win was the 2003 TONY for Best Actor in a Musical for the Broadway production of Hairspray. In addition to his TONY Award winning role in the Torch Song Trilogy, Mr. Fierstein recreated the role in the film adaptation thus winning him an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Male Lead. Other film work includes, Mrs. Doubtfire, Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway and Independence Day.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal and timeless message. The North American Tour continues the tradition of the 1964 Jerome Robbins TONY Award-winning production. Mr. Robbins won twin TONY awards for his direction and choreography of Broadway’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. In this National Tour, both are faithfully recreated by Director Sammy Dallas Bayes, choreographer of the Broadway Revival.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will play for a strictly limited engagement at Toronto’s Canon Theatre from December 8 – January 10, 2010.
posted by Stephania at 9:27 am
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