Fiddler on the Roof
by Jeremy Kingston in The Times
SO HOW does this Stein/Bock/Harnick musical look today, three-and-a-half decades after its initial triumph? And how does it sound in John Doyle’s production on the small square stage of the Watermill?
Well, the quality of that sound is very different from the lush treatment you will hear on the old cast recordings; more intimate, with only ten instruments, one for each member of the cast, who are actor-musicians. They are all on stage most of the time, playing an instrument if not singing, and when that instrument happens to be fiddle, piano or squeezebox and not flute or trumpet, managing both together. click for more
******************************** Celebrating a troubled culture
Charles Spencer in The Times reviews Fiddler on the Roof at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury
THIS is hardly a happy moment to be launching a revival of Fiddler on the Roof. With yesterday's paper dominated by pictures and eyewitness accounts of the death and devastation in Jenin, it is impossible to escape the unhappy thought that the Jews are now inflicting exactly the kind of suffering which they stoically endured themselves for centuries.
That suffering - along with a celebration of the culture and tradition of the small poverty-stricken Jewish villages of Tsarist Russia - forms the heart of this warm and humane musical, based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem. click for more
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