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Review: Fiddler on the Roof – The New Theatre

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Paul Michael Glaser, star of ‘70s cop thriller ‘Starsky and Hutch’, leads the talented cast of Fiddler on the Roof as Tevye which is on at the New Theatre until Saturday 8th February.

Set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, Fiddler tells the story of Tevye, the father of five daughters who attempts to preserve his family and Jewish traditions in the face of the Tsar evicting Jews from their homes. The original 1964 Broadway production held the record for the longest running musical for almost ten years and enjoyed equal success in London’s West End.

Glaser, who appeared as Perchik in the 1971 film adaptation, oozes charm and charisma from the minute he steps onto the stage and is the star throughout. Providing constant witty and humorous lines, Glaser has all the traits of Chaim Topol, whom this role is so closely associated with.

A true delight was witnessing the highly talented cast who also doubled up at the production’s house band.  Although this occasionally created difficulties on the acting front, it was refreshing to view such an innovative use of the ensemble, which was particularly effective when it came to the celebratory scenes.

Admittedly the scenery is kept to a bare minimum, however this did not affect the story but merely enforced the realistic setting of 1905 Russia in a similar way the use of the instruments on stage does.

Directed by Strictly Come Dancing judge, Craig Revel Horwood, this newly mounted production contains some hilarious laugh out loud moments as well as some real tear-jerkers too!

With classic songs including: “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”, “Sunrise Sunset” and “If I were a Rich Man” there really is something for all the family at the New Theatre until Saturday evening.

 

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