Rosie O'Donnell to Join 'Fiddler on Roof'

Monday, August 8th 2005, 10:37 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Rosie O'Donnell will join Harvey Fierstein in the Broadway revival of the musical ``Fiddler on the Roof'' on Sept. 20, the show's producers said Monday.

Fierstein plays Tevye the milkman, and O'Donnell will play his wife, Golde, according to a statement. The show is running at the Minskoff Theater.

``As a 20-year friend of Rosie's, I couldn't be happier that we will finally share a stage together,'' Fierstein said in the statement. ``With her understanding of Fiddler's important place in theatrical history, I am positive she will uphold that tradition excitingly.''

O'Donnell, 43, made her Broadway debut in 1994, starring as Rizzo in a revival of ``Grease.'' In 2001, she returned to Broadway to star as the Cat in the Hat in ``Seussical.''

In 2003, she produced Boy George's autobiographical musical, ``Taboo.'' The $10 million Broadway production folded after three months of mediocre ticket sales.

O'Donnell won six Daytime Emmys in six years as best talk show host for ``The Rosie O'Donnell Show.'' She has appeared in several films including ``A League of Their Own,'' ``Sleepless in Seattle'' and the TV movie ``Riding the Bus With My Sister.''