Fiddler on the Roof is among those works that continue to be relevant, even with the passing of time. This musical, which first came out in 1964, is considered to be “one of the first popular post-Holocaust depictions of the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry.” It is an homage to a time and culture gone by and an honest depiction of a real struggle encountered by people before and right now. If you are looking for a show with a steering message, this musical is for you. Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre will be visited by the remastered modern version of “Fiddler on the Roof” this winter.
“This new “Fiddler,” gorgeous and affecting, is a respectful staging of the Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick classic, with modernities here and there to keep us on our toes.” — NBC New York
“A reason for celebration! Entirely fresh, funny and gorgeous!” — New York Magazine
Fiddler on the Roof is an adaptation of Tevye, a collection of stories written in Yiddish by Sholem Aleichem from 1894 to 1914. The original production was formed through the collaborative efforts of Jerry Bock for the music, Sheldon Harnick for the lyrics, and Joseph Stein for the book. It won nine Tony awards, generated five Broadway revivals, and had a successful film in 1971.
The last Broadway revival showcases the work of director Bartlett Sher, Hofesh Shechter, and the team behind “The King and I,” which earned many praises from critics.
The story chronicles Tevye, a Jewish milkman, with his wife, Golde, and five daughters. They lived in a village called Anatevka before the Russian revolution against the Tsars. Tevye wishes for their life to get better. To attain this, he decides to match her daughters to suitable husbands. However, things would not go as he had planned. His first daughter Tzeitel falls in love with a tailor named Motel. At the time, she was matched with the town’s butcher. She begged her father to change his mind, reluctantly agreeing, he allowed the Tzeitel and Motel’s marriage. One after another, her two daughters, Hodel and Chava, followed suit, rebelling with their father and tradition. Both also married the men they loved. As this was happening, the Russian revolution was rising, threatening their lives in that town.
“A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT. This is a TRIUMPH!” — Associated Press
“Beautiful and stirring. A superb production.” — The Hollywood Reporter
Audiences have always been enchanted by Fiddler on the Roof. Perhaps there is a magic in this musical comedy set in tsarist Russia about a Jewish milkman who struggles to maintain his traditional lifestyle in the face of massive social upheaval. It has always been loved for its staging and choreography. However, its true highlight is its music which has become a Broadway classic. The musical has been a crash course in good songwriting and compositions, and it is not surprising for people to know the songs even before being introduced to the musical itself. “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “To Life” are some of its recognizable songs.
Bartlett Sher’s revival ran for a year on Broadway but continues to tour around North America. One of the stops will be at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, Canada, on January 17 to 22, 2023. The cast includes Jonathan Hashmonay as Tevye, Maite Uzal as Golde, Andrew Hendrick as Lazar Wolf, Mary Beth Webber as Yente, Randa Meierhenry as Tzeitel, GraceAnn Kontak as Hodel, Yarden Barr as Chava
Daniel Kushner as Motel, Austin J. Gresham as Perchik, Carson Robinette as Fyedka, and Jason Thomas Sofge as Constable.
With this talented cast lineup paired with a lavish orchestra and stunning choreography from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life! Catch this musical live by reserving tickets now! To know more, click the “Get Tickets” button.