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“Fiddler on the Roof,” often called the most beloved musical of all time, opens Jan. 9 at The Palms Theatre in Mesa. It runs through Feb. 15.
“Lord, you made many many poor people. I realize, of course, it’s no shame to be poor... but it’s no great honor either,” Tevye says during one of the opening scenes of “Fiddler on The Roof,” on stage this week with Theater League Productions’ national tour. Although veteran viewers could recite Tevye’s witticisms by heart, cast member and East Valley resident Chuck Caruso believes this production is new and different enough to keep them engaged.
To Life (sung in the Inn): Robert Summers II as Tevye and Robert Marcus as Lazar Wolf in "Fiddler on the Roof." [Theater League]
Family, faith and suffering are resonant chords in the symphony of life and harmonizing themes for countless plays and musicals. “Fiddler on the Roof,” the story of Jewish community and tradition in turn-of-the-century Tsarist Russia, is the iconic example.
Aaron Jacobsen is Tevye and Michele Kahn is Golde in Scottsdale Musical Theater’s “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Birdie Neman Katz will always have a special place in her heart for the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” Katz has portrayed several different roles in “Fiddler on the Roof” throughout her acting career, including the mother and her daughters. And now, she’s performing the role of Yente the Matchmaker in the national tour, which stops Tuesday at Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium.
Tevye means well. The small-town dairyman simply wants his daughters to marry well and live a good life anchored on the family’s Jewish traditions.
Hal Linden, star of television’s cop-comedy “Barney Miller” in the 1970s and early ’80s, doesn’t stifle a chuckle when he hears his upcoming performances across Arizona have been dubbed “Here for the Holidays” by promoters.
For a Jewish theater company staging its first show in a new venue, "Fiddler on the Roof" would seem an obligatory choice.
The way actor Michael Edwards sees it, he has lived a year with Teyve, the Jewish milkman whose life is as shaky as a fiddler on a roof.