Fiddler on the Roof
The Lowry, Manchester
29 October – 2 November 2013
Reviewed by Catherine Joyce
Fiddler on The Roof is a famous musical but I have to confess that despite it being so popular all I knew about it was that it featured the song If I were a Rich Man. To help us follow the story I did a quick search on the internet to find out what the musical is about before we visited The Lowry to watch the show.
In a nutshell the story is about Tevye, the local milkman who lives in a village called Anatevka. He has five daughters and their marriages are expected to be arranged by the local matchmaker, a woman called Yente. His daughters however aren’t happy with this and decide that they want to choose their own husbands and marry for love.
The musical opens with a fiddler sat on the roof of a very tall house and we are immediately given a taste of what it to come with an incredibly talented cast who not only act, sing and dance but also incorporate playing their musical instruments as part of the show. The choreography has been done by Craig Revel Horwood and he had done a fantastic job of incorporating all the instruments and actors into the dancing with a wide range of instruments, some more portable than others. A double bass and bassoon were the biggest instruments as well as a whole range of other instruments including a cello, clarinets, accordions, guitars, a flute to name just a few. For me having the orchestra on stage as part of the show really brought the music to life, especially when the instruments were played like they were having conversations together.
Paul Michael Glaser plays the part of Tevye fantastically and is the star of the show. He keeps the story flowing as well as interacting well with the audience. His performance is both humorous and touching and his love for his daughters is apparent.
Overall this is a fantastic show and well worth seeing.
Fiddler on the Roof is playing at The Lowry until 2 November 2013. Tickets cost from £22 to £37. To book tickets click here.
Fiddler on the Roof is touring the UK until 26 April 2014. For more information about venues or to book tickets visit www.fiddlerontheroof.co.uk