Toast 'To Life' with the Cast of Fiddler on the Roof this Weekend
Time travel to imperial Russia and fall in love with the people of fictitious Anatevka as they take over the Theatre at West Shore Station in Just Off Broadway's production of Fiddler on the Roof co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County. With just one weekend left to bear witness to a union of lovers, forbidden folly and broken promises don't wait! The show features music by Jerry Block and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. The score features beautiful choral compositions like Sunrise, Sunset and the whimsicle Matchmaker.
Be captivated by the solemn strings of a fiddler and share his bird's eye view of a town under siege. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, as he attempts to navigate his way through the non-sanctioned progress of early an early 19th century world. So turbulent in fact that the play itself originally hit the Broadway circuit in the '60's when themes were running parallel. Tevye is comedic at times in the dramatic and demanding role as he attempts to keep the world in his grips for his family. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one's choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.
The harmonic beauty of the show will tempt even the cynic to marvel and become transformed. Sabbath Prayer will envelope you in warmth. The nature of the dialog is engaging, one-liners are constant, though at times the storyline may leave you feeling deflated. A dream sequence featuring Victoria McCarthy late in Act I delights (look for Victoria in Little Shop of Horrors this fall). Ed Romanoff gives his all alongside a cast of 35 talented performers who rise to the occasion of old world mystery and curious customs. Ed's total ownership of the folly and rage that is Tevye resound in his narrative and during solos like If I Were a Rich Man. Kristen Johnson (pit orchestra) breathes new life into her clarinet and the fiddler is a marvel. Associate-director Andrew Glant-Linden (Sweeney Todd, Carousel, Gypsy) has facilitated 10 productions of Fiddler in his career and brings choreography to new heights. Hannah Blair-Butler is a riotous Yente, and Tevye's 5 daughters take turns stealing the show. As always artistic director Joyce Presutti takes community theater to a new high.
Tickets are just $20 at the door.
Thursday July 25 @ 7:30pm
Friday July 26 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday July 27th @ 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday July 28th @ 2pm
Availability may be limited.