A FAMILY FILLED WITH TRADITIONS
TRADITION! A beloved and timeless story written by Joseph Stein called ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ has captured the hearts of audiences from every race, religion, and nationality. This bittersweet musical that debuted in 1964 made history to surpass 3,000 performances to go on a win the Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tony Awards that year.
Cadillac Palace Theatre revives this acclaimed story that warmed the hearts of so many as it captures the essential human longings for love, community, success, freedom, family, and struggles.
The story about fathers, daughters, husband, and wives about life with laughter with some great Broadway hits, including “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” "Sunrise Sunset,” "Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.”
Set in 1905, where life is as precarious as a fiddler on the roof, yet, through their traditions, the villagers endure. Fiddler on the Roof tells the story centered around a man by the name of Tevye, (Yehezkel Lazarov) a fictional character known from the memoir Tevye and His Daughters is a Jewish milkman, husband, and father of five daughters who tells of the customs of traditions followed by a typical shtetl town in the little Russian town of Anatevka.
Tevye lives in the small, tradition-steeped where Jews and Russians live in a delicate balance in their community. He is a man with little to offer financially but dreams of being rich so that he could have more time to sit in the synagogue, pray and provide for his family. He is a proud man who grunts and moans to God about his seemingly daily problems, and although his horse which carries his supplies and good to those in the community has a broken leg, and Tevye at times may be broke, he is far from having a broken spirit; for he is a man of faith.
His three eldest daughters, Tzeitel (Mel Weyn), Hodel (Ruthy Froch), and Chava (Natalie Powers) grow up and fall in love in a time where the world is changing and breaks traditions and his wife Golde (Maite Uzel) of 25 years may want to break his neck when he gives in to his daughters marital impulses; especially after agreeing to allow his eldest daughter to wed an elderly butcher four times his daughters age.
Tevye talks with God through his strong faith as well as argues with him, coming to some very special realizations along the way that traditions can change when love is in the air; especially the love a father has for a daughter.
When Tzeitel his eldest daughter and her beau, Motel (Jesse Weil) the tailor, tell him that they have given each other a pledge to marry without using a matchmaker, Tevye suddenly realizes that they are indeed using a matchmaker, just not the town matchmaker Yente (Carol Beaugard) but the same one used by Adam and Eve–and he takes comfort in that.
Tevye is forced to accept a rapidly changing world while his beloved daughters leave home and one by one, and while each one of their choice of a husband moves them further away from the customs of their Jewish faith and heritage, and when one of this daughters marries a non-Jewish man; he is forced to see that this new life outside of his traditions can even cross beyond his Jewish faith and beliefs.
In this nearly three-hour production, stay close to its original adaption, however, there are several graphic scenes when the Jews were notified that they have three days to leave the village or be forced out by the government was seen in the film wasn't included.
The loss of tradition clung in the face of adversity can be overwhelming; however, it is blessed with enthusiastic ensemble members who solidifies the old world reality to perfection.
Israeli film and TV star, Yehezkel Lazarov who Mack the Knife in The Threepenny Opera and as Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is currently playing at The Shakes (Shakespeare Theatre) leads the cast of this very memorable production as Tevye. He does an extraordinary job as the patriarch a man who is faced with the constant adversities of life in the small Russian town of Anatevka and the realization of his beliefs and traditions are quickly fading away with his daughters.
Spaniard actress and singer Maite Uzal does a top-notch performance as Golde and Mel Weyn (Tzeitel), Ruthy Froch (Hodel) and Natalie Powers were equally as amazing in their roles. The entire cast was wonderful and the bottle dance performed at Jewish weddings is very passionate and riveting.
Let's Play ‘Highly Recommends' "Fiddler on the Roof" a play that will surely warm your heart this holiday season.
Cadillac Palace Theatre Presents
Fiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein
Directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Now Through January 6, 2019
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