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Theater Review: Fiddler On The Roof

 

A reimagined, earthy production, combined with the traditions of exciting and goose bump-inducing dancing, created a nostalgic night of theatre at Bartlett Sher’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” This breathtaking production began previews on Nov. 20 at the Broadway Theatre.

“Fiddler on the Roof,” with music by Jerry Block, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein, is based on Sholem Aleichem’s short stories of Tevye, a dairyman living in a small Jewish village in 1900s Russia. He struggles to support his wife and daughters during a time of prejudice and poverty.

Sher’s recent productions including “South Pacific” and “The King and I,” all share a commonality with “Fiddler on the Roof.” Each production is beautifully simplistic, allowing for ones imagination to go wild.

Danny Burstein, who plays the role of Tevye, delivered a passionate performance. His portrayal of a progressive father who wants the best for his children was natural and heart-felt. Burstein’s rendition of ‘If I Were A Rich Man,’ a highlight of the night, showed off his vocal chops and comedic timing.

Samantha Massell and Adam Kantor gave star-quality performances as Hodel and Motel, respectively. Massell, the vocally strongest of Teyve’s daughters, sang a heart-rending rendition of ‘Far From The Home I Love.’ Her performance resulted in sniffles throughout the house of over 1,500 patrons.  Kantor brought charisma and animation to his role making the loyal tailor loveable to all.

The artistic and energetic characteristics of this production were thanks to Israeli-born, United Kingdom-based choreographer, Hofesh Shechter.  Shechter’s “refreshed” choreography married a new movement language with Jerome Robbins’ iconic dances. ‘The Bottle Dance,’ in particular, drew gasps from the audience. This culturally realistic choreography made the audience feel like they were transported to Anatevka.

This production is sure to make a rich man out of Burstein and Shechter during Tony Award® season. The original production in 1964 won nine Tony Awards®.  These awards included Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, Best Performance by a Featured Actress, Best Producer, Best Director, Best Composer and Lyricist and Best Choreography.

With a current running time of two hours and 45 minutes, the show has some pacing issues to work out. In addition, there were apparent blending problems that can hopefully resolve over time.

“Fiddler On The Roof” opens on Broadway Dec. 20th.

ICYMI: This Week’s Broadway Buzz

The Lion King Reigns On Broadway

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The Lion King became the third-longest running Broadway show in history earlier this week. This production has run for 18 years and has played over 7,486 performances.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Welcomes Broadway Lineup

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Cast members of The Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, The King and I, On Your Feet! and Something Rotten! will perform during the first hour of NBC’s broadcast of the 98th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. School of Rock will be jamming out later on in the broadcast. Make sure to tune in at 9 a.m on Nov. 26.

We Just Can’t WAITress

A casting update has been announced for Waitress: A New Musical starring Tony Award-winning actress Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical). The cast includes Eric Anderson (South Pacific, Kinky Boots, Rocky, The Last Ship) as Cal, Christopher Fitzgerald (An Act of God, Chicago, Young FrankensteinFinian’s Rainbow) as Ogie, Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Dr. Pomatter, Kimiko Glenn (“Orange Is The New Black,” Spring Awakening, Love’s Labour’s Lost) as Dawn, Dakin Matthews (The Audience Rocky, The Best Man) as Joe and Keala Settle (LES MISERABLES, Hands On A Hard Body) as Becky. This production will begin previews on March 25, 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

On Your Feet! opens on Broadway

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The musical based on the story of Grammy Award winners Emilio and Gloria Estefan opens tonight at the Marquis Theatre. Check back here for review updates!

You’re Just Too Good To Be True, Jersey Boys

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Jersey Boys celebrates 10 years on Broadway, tomorrow! This production has played over 4,140 performances and is the 12th longest-running Broadway show in history. Check out an interview on TODAY with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio!