Fiddler on the Roof comes to Seattle May 25

Harvey Fierstein in Fiddler on the Roof, photo c. 2010 Carol Rosegg

Fiddler on the Roof is a Broadway classic. Opening in 1964, it was the first run of a musical to break the 3000 performance mark on the Great White Way and was the longest-running musical in Broadway history until Grease came along a decade later. It’s still the fourteenth longest running show in history, no small potatoes. The original production won an astonishing nine Tony awards; a mark of the show’s enduring appeal is that all its major revivals have been acclaimed as well.

Based on a book published in 1894, Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye, a poor milkman in 1905 Russia, his sharp-tongued wife, Golde, and their five daughters. Tevye struggles to keep his family together and the cultural traditions alive as each of his three oldest daughters insists on choosing her own path while all the while their entire village is threatened by the Tsar’s campaign of pogroms and expulsions.

The much loved musical’s best known numbers include “Matchmaker”, “If I Were a Rich Man”, “Miracle of Miracles” and “Sunrise, Sunset”.

Fiddler on the Roof comes to Seattle’s Paramount Theater for eight shows starting May 25 with Harvey Fierstein, a multiple Tony winner himself, in the pivotal lead role. Fierstein won praise for his performance as Tevye in the most recent Broadway production and considers it one of his favorite roles.

Tickets are available online and at the Paramount box office.

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