“Fiddler on the Roof”–touring company review   Leave a comment

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“Fiddler on the Roof” has always been a rich musical in the story it tells and how it tells it. A couple of months ago I saw a documentary “Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles” and it made the production I saw tonight have even deeper meanings. With all its humor and excellent score, choreography and cast it tackles many subjects that are still affecting the world today such as uprooting families from their homeland.
 
The score with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick blend in with the book by Joseph Stein all based on the original stories Sholem Aleichem making a moving tale of “Tevye and His Daughters” and their life in the shtetl, a small village, in Russia in the late 19th century.
 
Family, life and traditions, as the opening song explains, are quickly changing, affecting the people in the village. We follow Tevye’s family as his 5 daughters break away from a life their father is, at times, scared of, but doesn’t allow his wife and kids to see his questioning of what is happening.
 
The show opens with “Traditions” introducing the star of the show, Yehezkel Lazarov, as Tevye, explaining the role of everyone in the village from the father and mother to the daughters, rabbi, matchmaker even the beggar who has a role to play as a member of the village. From that point on Lazarov is in command of the stage, his presence felt even the few moments he is off stage. He is funny talking to God in “If I Were A Rich Man” and just as tender singing to his wife, Golde, “Do You Love Me?”
 
Maite Uzal, as Golde, is a match for Lazarov whether singing with him or standing up to him in her sly and practical way.  Three of the 5 daughters, played by Kelly Gabrielle Murphy, Ruthy Froch and Noa Luz Barenblat, singing “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” show us the independent women of tomorrow while their parents singing “Sunrise, Sunset” show their love for their children.
 
Nick Siccone, as Motel the tailor who wants happiness with one of the daughters makes the joyful “Miracle of Miracles” flood the audience with that joy while Nic Casaula as a suitor for another daughter makes you believe that “Now I Have Everything” as he plans to take her away to start a new life.
 
Jonathan Von Mering as Lazar Wolf, the butcher,  Carol Beaugard as Yente, the matchmaker, are just a couple of the supporting cast, along with the ensemble, that contributes to a first rate company of a first rate production.
 
The choreography by Hofesh Shechter, based on the original by Jerome Robbins, as is the direction by Bartlett Sher, along with an 11 piece orchestra conducted by  Michael Gildein, aids every singer, dancer and actor to do their best and they all do.
 
“Fiddler on the Roof” is one of the best touring productions this season and no matter how many times you have seen it and, especially if you have never seen it, is a must see for all.
 
Running time is 2 hour and 50 minutes including a 15 minute introduction

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