Fiddler On the Roof at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando was a phenomenal show. I had the privilege of attending the opening and it was fantastic. From the opening number of “Tradition” to the final bow and the standing ovation, there was absolutely nothing that disappointed.
The Story Of Fiddler On the Roof
As I took my seat in the auditorium, I was a little surprised to hear several audience members around me state that they were not familiar with the story. So let me regress just a bit. The story is based on the persecution of the Jewish people in Russia in 1904, their struggles, traditions and the clash of new ideas and values with those established traditions within the family. It is a timeless story and could easily be translated into today’s times with the conflicts of modern ideas and technology within the family and our society.
“Fiddler on the Roof” first appeared on Broadway in 1964 and was a smashing success. In 1971 it was made into a movie. Many of us old-timers walk into the theater with preconceived ideas about what a familiar show should be and are disappointed. Not this time.
Scenery and Props
In a touring show, it is often difficult to have scenery and props that will easily adapt to different stages. The scenery and props for this show were fabulous. It transported you back to the 1904 Russian village with intricate facades of homes and the village gliding into view suspended from the ceiling. Props easily glided on and off the stage without missing a beat and without interrupting the story on stage.
The entire cast was outstanding. From Tevye, played by Yehezkel Lazarov, and Golde, played by Maite Uzal, to the villagers there was not a weakness to be found. Often times the singing of the cast is overlooked because of the acting. In this show, the musicality was right on point. The close harmonies of the entire cast singing were exquisite in every number. The solos were strong, beautifully sung and easily understood embellishing the story as they were intended to do.
Not only could the entire cast sing, but they could also dance. The dancing and the fight scenes were choreographed flawlessly. The Jewish folk dances and the Russian dances are impossible to perform well, but the cast did with flair.
As you can tell I thoroughly enjoyed this production of “Fiddler on the Roof” and would recommend it to everyone of all ages. You can purchase your tickets on Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts Ticket Sales now through the 10th when it leaves Orlando.
*Written by Annette Allport. As always thank you to the Dr. Phillips Center for the tickets so Annette could provide the review.