Tuesday, January 28, 2014

theatre review FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Desert Stages Theatre, January 18

Tony Blosser
To read my entire review of Fiddler on the Roof at Deserts Stages Theatre, click here.

"The classic musical Fiddler on the Roof is currently receiving a sleek and splendid production at the Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale. Fiddler tells the well-known story of Tevye, the poor Jewish dairy man, his wife and five daughters in early 1900s Russia and the changing world around them as he tries to hold on to his traditions and religious customs. Fiddler on the Roof is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, having opened on Broadway in September of 1964, and the Desert Stages production is well directed with several great performances.

Fiddler on the Roof is a powerful piece of musical theatre with a wonderful score, a strong sense of humor and realistic drama effectively combining to tell the tale of a simple man, his family and fellow villagers confronted by some serious issues. The Desert Stage Theatre production has a good cast, fine direction, a sleek design and manages very effectively to tell a human story filled with heart." The Desert Stages production of Fiddler on the Roof runs through February 2nd with performances at 4720 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are available at www.DesertStages.org, or by phone at (480) 483-1664.

Photo: Heather Butcher

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