Last week, I got the opportunity to see Fiddler On The Roof. This has always been one of my favorite shows since I was young, but I never got the chance to see it on a stage. So how did it hold up?
Fiddler On The Roof Broadway Review
From the moment it began, I knew I was in for a special treat. Tevye, the main character played by Danny Burstein, comes out with a jacket that looks like it is from the modern day. Then, the cast comes up almost from under the stage, and we are taken back to 1905 in Anatevka, Russia. This was an era where Jews had a strong presence in Russia, but were starting to be forced out of certain areas.
For those unfamiliar with the show, it explores the concept of tradition (which is also consequently the name of the first song) and how things are changing both in the society they live in and in the characters’s lives.
Without giving a ton away, there were many standout numbers including the contemplative “Sunrise, Sunset,” the brilliantly performed and choreographed “To Life,” and the somber “Far From The Home I Love.”
Aside from the performances- which were all well done- one thing that stood out to me about this particular production was the staging. This was a mostly bare bones staged production of Fiddler, and it certainly put a modern spin on a classic musical.
I also enjoyed the fact that Fiddler featured everything a good musical should- memorable numbers, great talent, and an ending that leaves you moved.
It’s safe to say that the new production of Fiddler On The Roof on Broadway is truly a “miracle of miracles” that I’d highly recommend you get a ticket to.