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SHOW OF THE WEEK: Fiddler on the Roof
A WORLD premiere opens The Mayflower’s autumn season – a brand new coproduction of Fiddler on the Roof starring Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky in the 70’s TV series Starsky and Hutch) in the lead role of Tevye.
One of the world’s favourite musicals, the Daily Echo backed Fiddler on the Roof is directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Paul Michael Glaser was in the classic 1971 film version of the musical, which tells the story of the local milkman in the village of Anatevka.
Tevye has always stuck by his traditions but suddenly his head strong daughters decide that they want to marry for love rather than accept whatever Yente the Matchmaker comes up with. Tevye loves his daughters but has to convince his wife, and the villagers, that their decisions are actually falling in with tradition – not any easy thing to do but if anyone can do it, the wily Tevye can! Even if it means conjuring up ghosts of dead wives and scaring his own wife to bits in order to get her to agree.
Tradition is all well and good but, in the end, the world moves on, as do the villagers but maybe not for the reasons they would have liked.
Previews are running from tonight. The world premiere press night is on Tuesday with the run at The Mayflower continuing until next Saturday, prior to a UK and Ireland tour into spring 2014.
- Paul Michael Glaser talks about life, love and loss in an interview with Lorelei Reddin in Seven Days, free with the Daily Echo tomorrow.
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