New 'Fiddler on the Roof' Musical in the Works From 'Hamilton' Director, MGM
The studio has enlisted Thomas Kail, the Tony Award-winning helmer of Broadway’s 'Hamilton' and 'In the Heights,' to direct the feature adaptation, which will be produced by Dan Jinks ('American Beauty') and Aaron Harnick.
MGM is making a toast to life, putting together a new feature version of the classic stage musical Fiddler on the Roof.
The studio has enlisted Thomas Kail, the Tony Award-winning helmer of Broadway’s Hamilton and In the Heights, to direct the film, which will be produced by Dan Jinks (American Beauty) and Aaron Harnick. Kail will also produce.
Steven Levenson, who wrote the stage musical Dear Evan Hansen and was the showrunner of the FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon, is penning the script.
Fiddler on the Roof, featuring music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein, originally opened on Broadway in 1964, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. It went on to win nine Tonys, including awards for best musical, book and score of a musical, director and choreographer. The production has seen numerous revivals.
The story centers on a Jewish family in Tsarist Russia where the father tries to hold on to his traditions while his ready-to-marry daughters bring outside influences. Some of the key songs include "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset" and "To Life."
Fiddler on the Roof was adapted into a 1971 movie directed by Norman Jewison that was nominated for eight Oscars — best picture and director, among them — winning three.
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