From Russia With Love – Newry actor stars in timeless classic

November 6, 2012

Newry actor Kerry Rooney will be taking to the stage of the Grand Opera House this November in the New Lyric Operatic’s stunning new production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Kerr,y, who is originally from Newry and who began his acting career while studying at Newry’s Abbey Grammar School, plays the role of Perchik, the fiery Russia revolutionary, in this timeless musical classic.

This is Kerry’s second appearance at the Grand Opera House. In 2010 he played the role of Nathan Detroit in Ulster Operatic’s star studded production of Guys and Dolls. The show received rave reviews and Kerry won an AIMS Best Actor Award for his performance.

Newry audiences will also recognise Kerry from his frequent appearances with local company, the Lislea Dramatic Players. Kerry has performed for many years with the Lislea group and will be returning next year in their new production of Rumours by Neil Simon.

Speaking about his upcoming role, Kerry said,

“It’s great to be back at the Opera House and to be performing with such a terrific company and with such a talented group of people. This show is going to be incredible! There is such a terrific story to it as well as some really beautiful music. We’ve got some great actors and some really exceptional young singers, not to mention some of the best choreography you’re ever going to see.”

Fiddler on the Roof tells the touching story of a Jewish family living in turn of the century Russia. The story centres around the character of Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences threaten their traditions and their very lives. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years and was the first musical in history to surpass 3,000 performances. The original Broadway production was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning nine, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography.

You can catch Kerry in Fiddler on the Roof at the Grand Opera House from Tues 13th to Sat 17th November.