LA THEATRE WORKS RELEASES TRADITION! AUDIOBOOK FEATURING FIDDLER CAST MEMBER ADAM GRUPPER
LA THEATRE WORKS RELEASES TRADITION!
AUDIOBOOK FEATURING FIDDLER CAST
MEMBER ADAM GRUPPER
Who hasn’t seen the play or the movie or listened to the music from Fiddler on the Roof? Since it first opened on Broadway in 1964, Fiddler has become beloved around the world for its humor and cultural relevance.
Currently enjoying its fifth Broadway revival, Fiddler is also celebrated in Tradition!:The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, The World’s Most Beloved Musical, a Los Angeles Times bestseller from journalist and author Barbara Isenberg. Tradition!, whichLibrary Journal called “a deliciously rich and detailed story of an American musical-theater jewel,” has now been made into an audiobook by award-winning audio play producer LA Theatre Works, a non-profit dedicated to the capture, preservation and distribution of great performances.
With narration by acclaimed voice actor Adam Grupper, who is currently in the Broadway revival of Fiddler, Tradition weaves together behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes about the history, creation, and legacy of this iconic musical. Isenberg interviewed the men and women behind the original production, the film and significant revivals including Harold Prince, Sheldon Harnick, Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, Joanna Merlin, Norman Jewison, Topol, Harvey Fierstein and many more.
“We are thrilled to participate in helping fans around the world further appreciate one of their favorite musicals,” LA Theatre Works Producing Director, Susan Albert Loewenberg, said. “What perfect timing to have Adam Grupper narrate in conjunction with the 50th anniversary Broadway revival. I know everyone is going to love it.”
Funding for the audiobook was provided with major support from The Lear Family Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation of Los Angeles. Additional support comes from Paula Brand Fariba Ghaffari, Rachel Goodman, Barry & Marilyn Hinden, Bernard Sobelsohn and Joyce Zaitlin.
Watch Adam Grupper Behind The Recording of “Tradition!”
About LA Theatre Works
Featuring world-class actors on stage and on the air, LA Theatre Works has won over audiences throughout the world and collaborates with international broadcasters including the BBC, Voice of America and Radio Beijing. In the U.S., more than eight million listeners a year in 60 markets enjoy LA Theatre Works’ weekly public radio show. Live performances at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater and state-of-the art live audio recordings transform classic and contemporary stage works into intimate, compelling works of art. These invaluable recordings are available at store.latw.org. Started 40 years ago by a group of artists who were committed to creating excellence in theatre, LATW continues to expand its unique collection of recorded theatre.
A beloved theatrical classic from Tony Award-winner Joseph Stein, and Pulitzer Prize- winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I); choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter; inspired by the original choreography of Jerome Robbins; and has musical direction by Ted Sperling.
Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.”
The original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, which opened in 1964, was the first musical in history to surpass 3,000 performances. The show won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tony Awards that year. This acclaimed revival proudly introduces a new generation to the iconic musical adored across the globe.
The cast of Fiddler on the Roof features five-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner Danny Burstein (Cabaret, Golden Boy, Follies, South Pacific) as Tevye, Tony-nominee Jessica Hecht (A View From the Bridge, “Breaking Bad,”The Last Night of Ballyhoo) as Golde as well as Jenny Rose Baker, Michael C. Bernardi, Adam Danheisser, Hayley Feinstein, Mitch Greenberg, Adam Grupper, Adam Kantor, Karl Kenzler, Alix Korey, Samantha Massell, Melanie Moore, George Psomas, Ben Rappaport, Nick Rehberger, Jeffrey Schecter, Alexandra Silber. The cast also includes: Jill Abramovitz, Julie Benko, Eric Bourne, Stephen Carrasco, Eric Chambliss, Austin Goodwin, Jacob Guzman, Jesse Kovarsky, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Matt Moisey, Sarah Parker, Marla Phelan, Tess Primack, Jessica Vosk, Silvia Vrskova, Jonathan Royse Windham, Aaron Young and Jennifer Zetlan.
Fiddler on the Roof has scenic design by Michael Yeargan (Tony Award-nominee, The King and I), costume design by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award-winner, The King and I), lighting design by Donald Holder (Tony Award-nominee, The King and I), sound design by Scott Lehrer (Tony Award-winner, South Pacific), and hair and wig design by Tom Watson. Casting is by Telsey + Co./Abbie Brady Dalton.
Fiddler on the Roof is presented on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jam Theatricals, Louise Gundand Jerry Frankel.
Fiddler on the Roof began previews at The Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway, at 53rd Street) on November 20, 2015 and officially opened on Sunday, December 20, 2015. The regular performance schedule is Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM. For special schedules during holiday weeks, please visit http://fiddlermusical.com/.
Full-price tickets for Fiddler on the Roof range in price from $35 (rear mezzanine) to $157 (orchestra). Tickets are now on sale online via Telecharge.com, by phone at (212) 239-6200, and in-person at The Broadway Theatre Box Office (1681 Broadway, at 53rd Street).
Visit Fiddler on the Roof online at fiddlermusical.com.
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Barbara Isenberg (Author) and Adam Grupper
Barbara Isenberg (Author), Danny Burstein and Karl Kenzler
Jessica Hecht, Barbara Isenberg (Author) and Adam Grupper
Author Barbara Isenberg and LATW Producing Director Susan Loewenberg