Broadway Across Canada is bringing Fiddler on the Roof to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, January 17 -22. Fiddler on the Roof is one of the most iconic musicals of all time. Written by Joseph Stein with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, the show opened on Broadway in 1964 and has been a favourite ever since. Being such an iconic musical, I had very high expectations for this revival, and I’m happy to report that it didn’t disappoint.
The show follows the story of Tevye, a Jewish dairyman living in a shtetl in Imperial Russia in the early 1900s. Tevye is struggling to keep his traditional way of life in the face of changing times, as his daughters plan to marry for love rather than for arranged marriages. With its lively score, memorable characters, and an enduring message that’s as relevant today as it was then, Fiddler on the Roof is an emotional and captivating show.
The music of Fiddler on the Roof is as timeless and beloved as the show itself. From the opening number “Tradition” to the heart-wrenching “Far From the Home I Love,” the songs capture the joy, sorrow, and complexity of Tevye’s struggles. The timeless music is sure to captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The characters in Fiddler on the Roof are also a joy to watch. Jonathan Hashmonay’s Tevye delivers a powerful performance that captures the struggles of a father trying to hold onto tradition while also allowing his daughters the freedom to make their own decisions. His daughters are equally compelling, with each girl bringing her own unique personality and perspective to the story.
Overall, Fiddler on the Roof is a timeless classic that is sure to entertain and educate audiences of all ages. The cast stays true to its music, characters, and message by dedicating the opening night to the people of Ukraine and their struggle – this brought the audience to their feet in a thunderous standing ovation. Their message is sure to stay with you long after the curtain has closed.
Whether you’re a first-time theatre-goer or a seasoned veteran, Fiddler on the Roof is sure to be an unforgettable experience.