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Fiddler on the Roof - On Tour

Published by: Paul Tyree on 24th Mar 2014 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof – Lyceum Theatre Sheffield, then on Tour.

Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye a Jewish milkman in a small town in Russia and the difficulties he faces regarding his daughter’s marriages. Premiering in 1964 it became what was then Broadways longest running show and of course went on to spawn the hugely popular film of the same name.

Paul Michael Glaser, who also starred in the film, now brings the role of Tevye to life, a man hugely put upon both by life, God, circumstances and probably most of all, his daughters.

Having never seen this on stage before , it has to be said that this production is a real treat and should be sought out on its future travels around the country.

Many of the songs are instantly recognisable and well sung  throughout, but it is in the performances that this production really comes to life.

Paul Michael Glaser holds the audience magnificently throughout this show. His performance is both funny and yet hugely touching. You really feel the struggle of a man at conflict with his faith in the face of changing times. He so desperately wants to see his daughters happy and well but all their choices of husband manage to challenge Tevye in one way or another.

The rest of the cast are also magnificent and they all play their own instruments throughout the performance creating the music of the piece. This is challenging for any performer, the fact that nearly all of them were playing instruments whilst also in many instances singing and dancing really does go to prove just how wonderfully multi-talented this cast is.

At a running time of 3 hours and a 7.45pm start time it does however beg the question why they didn’t begin the show earlier. Had they done that I for one would have happily brought my daughter to this wonderful show but, certainly on a school night the finish time was simply too late. That’s a shame because this show is easily entertaining enough to introduce a younger audience to it.

That, however, is a minor quibble. The fact that it doesn’t feel like a long show, should give you an indication of just how good and entertaining this piece of theatre truly is.

 Tour Dates

25 – 29 Mar DARTFORD Orchard Theatre 01322 220000

1 – 5 Apr LONDON New Wimbledon Theatre 0844 871 7646

7 – 12 Apr  TRURO Hall for Cornwall 01872 262466

15 – 19 Apr SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351135

22 – 26 Apr NORTHAMPTON Royal & Derngate 01604 624811

6 – 10 May EASTBOURNE Congress Theatre 01323 412000

Comments

1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks for this great review, Paul. It sounds like a great revival of a long loved classic.
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