Another regional musical that has “transfer candidate” written all over it is Sheffield Crucible’s upcoming revival of 1964 Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof (See News, 17 May 2006). It will star Henry Goodman as Tevye, a poor milkman in Tsarist Russia who wants to marry off his five daughters to good homes, the role made famous by Topol on Broadway and in the 1971 movie. A seven-time Olivier nominee, and two-time winner, Goodman has excelled in everything from Shakespeare to Pinter and broad modern comedies as well as musicals. His musical credits include City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Follies and Assassins (for which he won a Best Actor in a Musical Olivier – his other Olivier was Best Actor for his Shylock in The Merchant of Venice). Infamously, Goodman was also signed up – with great fanfare – to replace Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock for the first Broadway cast change of Mel Brooks’ The Producers but was unceremoniously sacked, for reportedly not being funny enough, before he was allowed to face the critics (See News, 16 Apr 2002). In a statement issued at the time, Producers director Susan Stroman said that she continued to have "the utmost respect" for Goodman who she regarded as "a wonderful actor and I would happily work with him again on another project”. As it happens, Goodman has not worked again with Stroman. Evidently, he places more trust – and vice versa - in Fiddler’s director Lindsay Posner, who has directed the actor in his last two stage productions, Molière comedy The Hypochondriac at the Almeida and Pinter’s The Birthday Party in the West End. Fiddler on the Roof has music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and a book by Joseph Stein. Its now-famous songs include “Tradition”, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “If I Were a Rich Man”. The musical is at Sheffield from 5 December 2006 to 20 January 2007 (previews from 30 November) so perhaps London can look out for it early next year.