January 1, 2016
By Dr. Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor
New York, NY- The classic musical “Fiddler On The Roof” returns to Broadway after its first opening 51 years ago which starred the incomparable Zero Mostel. The show based upon the stories of Sholom Aleichem captures the life of Shtetl Jews in prerevolutionary Russia through the eyes of Tevya the milkman, his wife Golde and five daughters. As the exhilarating opening number “Tradition” evokes the importance of family life and community. Danny Burstein as Tevya presents an electrifying performance which is Tony worthy. The Director, who was behind the acclaimed Lincoln Center productions of South Pacific and the King and I, stages the scenes with great sensitive and vitality.
The opening sequence and closing sequence has Tevya dressed in modern clothes which serves as a metaphor to the current refugee crisis particularly at the shows conclusion when the residents of Anatevka pack up and leave in order to escape the coming pogrom moving onward towards an uncertain fare.
The book by Joseph Stein is still relevant for today’s audiences are still relevant. The music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick are still dynamic and enables the audience to be energized through the story of Tevya and the villagers of Anatevka.
The Israeli Choreographer impressively stages the dances which enhances the story line and music.Danny Burstein as Tevya brings humor and sensitivity to his role and great chemistry with his wife Golde played impeccability by Jessica Hecht.
Fiddler on the Roof, one of the greatest musicals of all time and which has meaning to the widest span of theater goers is a must see.