Thomas Kail
Thomas Kail

Thomas Kail to Lead New Movie Adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof

Tony-winner Thomas Kail, most well-known for his Broadway collaborations with Lin-Manuel Miranda on In The Heights and Hamilton, has been slated to direct a new feature film adaption of the 1964 musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Thomas Kail won a Tony Award for his direction of Hamilton in 2016. He will be joined by Tony-winner Steven Levenson, who will write the screenplay based on the original musical. Kail and Levenson had previously collaborated on developing and producing the FX television series Fosse/Verdon.

Steven Levenson won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for the hit show Dear Evan Hansen.

Kail will also produce the film with Dan Jinks and Aaron Harnick.

Fiddler on the Roof features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run. The original production won nine Tony Awards including best musical, score, book, direction and choreography. The classic score features “To Life,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition,” among others.

Kail said in a statement, “It has been a life-long dream of mine to direct Fiddler, though I always imagined I would do it on stage. I am over-joyed to have the opportunity to make a new film version of my favorite show with Mike DeLuca at MGM, where so many transcendent musical movies have been made. I’m proud to partner with Dan Jinks, Aaron Harnick, and my great pal, Steven Levenson, to honor this work that has profoundly inspired me and millions of others.”

Levenson added, “Fiddler On The Roof was the first piece of theater I saw, at the age of five. Today, more than fifty years after it changed the face of Broadway forever, the story of Tevye and his beloved village of Anatevka feels more timely than ever. I am beyond grateful to Mike DeLuca and MGM, Dan Jinks, and Aaron Harnick for the opportunity to tell this unforgettable story of resilience and hope in the face of hopelessness, and I am delighted to be collaborating again with the inimitable Tommy Kail.”