Fiddler on the Roof, A Classic that Continues to Entrance

The Arizona Theater Company performed the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” in Tucson Dec. 3-31, and is performing the production in Phoenix from January 6-29.

I saw the show in Tucson on Dec. 3 at the Temple of Music and Art, and the performance lasted about three hours. This five-star performance was a joy to see and a wonderful experience.

Once the music started I was hypnotized, and I could not look away. The play begins with the fiddler on the roof, who represents the traditions of the family. The fiddler is heard by the central family, who is poor and Jewish during the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries when the Russian government was carrying out pogroms to eliminate Jewish communities.

The proud and soulful father, Tevye, played by Eric Polani, sang very powerfully and expressively and kept the audience intrigued. Tevye longed to become rich and have his five daughters wedded in wealthy marriages. The main conflict in the musical is Tevye coming to terms with the changes in their society and the marital choices of his three oldest daughters Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava.

With all the excitement and drama in this amazing musical, there were also memorable songs, which showed deep sadness, horrific dreams, and joyful events, that will never be forgotten. My favorite songs were “Tradition” and “If I Were A Rich Man,” which were catchy and memorable. Overall, the musical was one of the best I have ever seen.

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