Glove’s ‘Fiddler’ features Grossman

GLOVERSVILLE – The Glove Performing Arts Center production of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” will feature New York City-based theater professional Rick Grossman in the lead role of Tevye. He also will serve as director.

Grossman directed last summer’s “Gypsy” at the Glove, and will once again collaborate with several people from that production on “Fiddler,” a news release said.

This will mark his ninth production of the show, having both directed and played the role of Tevye numerous times over the past 35 years.

In 2014, shortly after completing the national tour of “Man of La Mancha” (Sancho), Grossman worked on the production of “Raising the Roof: The 50th Anniversary Gala of Fiddler on the Roof” at New York City’s Town Hall, starring Topol, Andrea Martin, Joshua Bell and dozens of other “Fiddler” alumni, the news release said.

Grossman’s ties to the piece go back to the origins of “Fiddler,” heavily based on Sholem Aleichem’s Yiddish play “Tevye the Dairyman.”

Grossman’s grandparents and parents were writers, producers and stars of the Yiddish Theatre throughout North America, and he began his career as a child actor on the Yiddish stage at the age of 6.

The Yiddish actor Maurice Schwartz was acclaimed for his portrayal of Tevye on stage and screen.

Grossman’s mother, Diana Goldberg, appeared in the play with Schwartz, and his aunt, Helen Grossman, played the role of Tzeitel in the film version of the 1930s.

Since last season’s “Gypsy,” Grossman has appeared Off-Broadway in “The Tiny Mustache” and “The Canary,” and regionally in “1776” as Ben Franklin. He also was featured in the independent film, “The Light Bulb,” and seen on “House of Cards.”

He directed a regional theater production of “Jekyll & Hyde.”

Following his appearance at the Glove, Grossman will begin rehearsals for the first national tour of “Bullets over Broadway” by Woody Allen. The production is being directed by Tony winner Susan Stroman.

“Fiddler on the Roof” performances are scheduled for July 24, 25, 30, 31 and Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee July 26.

To reserve tickets call 773-8255, Ext. 25, or go to www.glovetheatre.org.