Four-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein (Talley's Folly) will make his Metropolitan Opera debut in this season's upcoming production of Johan Strauss II's operetta Die Fledermaus. Burstein will take on the non-singing role of Frosch, the jailer.
Conducted by Adam Fischer and directed by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Sams (Amour), the production features new English-language lyrics by Sams and dialogue by Tony-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane (The Nance). The original German libretto is by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée.
The cast also includes Tony Award winner Paulo Szot (South Pacific) as Dr. Falke, Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde, Christine Schäfer and Jane Archibald as Adele, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Orlofsky, Christopher Maltman as Eisenstein, Michael Fabiano as Alfred, and Patrick Carfizzi as Frank.
Burstein received Tony nominations for his performances in Golden Boy, Follies, South Pacific (in which he co-starred with Szot), and The Drowsy Chaperone. Beane is the Tony-nominated book writer of the musicals Cinderella, Sister Act, and Xanadu, as well scribe of the plays The Little Dog Laughed and As Bees in Honey Drown, among others. Sams has directed the Broadway productions of 13 and Noises Off.
Die Fledermaus opens on New Year's Eve with a gala celebration and continues for fourteen performances through February 22.