Last night's big review: Paul Michael Glaser in Fiddler on the Roof at the Mayflower (From Daily Echo)
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Last night's big review: Paul Michael Glaser in Fiddler on the Roof at the Mayflower
TO Life! Fiddler on the Roof is positively overspilling with it.
The joyful song, performed by a pub full of riotous chaps celebrating an engagement, is an undoubted highlight of Craig Revel Horwood’s masterpiece.
A delighted audience would certainly raise a glass of schnapps to Paul Michael Glaser, who puts in a simply stunning performance as the long-suffering Jewish milkman living in Tsarist Russia in 1905.
His intelligent trio of daughters persuade their father to allow them to marry for love, no matter what the cost.
Unrecognisable as Starsky, his most famous role, Glaser delights, amuses and impresses – carrying the show, singing and dancing beautifully and even grabbing the odd instrument for good measure.
The dream sequence in which he changes the mind of his terrifying wife Golde (the shouty and superb Karen Mann) through the use of various characters from beyond the grave is a comic triumph.
It is as an ensemble piece that this tale of life, love and loss shines and the ever present instruments played by a talented band of a c t o r musicians are a joy during familiar favourites like Sunrise, Sunset, If I Were A Rich Man and Matchmaker.
As you’d expect with a Strictly Come Dancing judge as director, the dance moves are inventive and an ingenious set and wonderful costumes really bring the era to life.
The much-loved 60s musical is brought back to the stage in a rare major world premiere for Southampton.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house last night as the curtain came down with the family’s poignant enforced departure from their village.
Revel Horwood then joined his brilliant cast on stage for a final bow to rapturous applause.
Fiddler on the Roof proved a triumphant treat for all the senses.
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