Tuesday, January 23, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 80



‘Fiddler on the Roofi opens at Jones Hall

By Kristin Buchanan
Daily Cougar Staff

The universal theme of family values has been prevalent in societyis media since the dawn of time. The concept of family values is at the core of every communal infrastructure that is based on kindred relationships.

From Republican rhetoric to rock tours, the family values theme has mutated and morphed more times than Madonnais ever-changing public image.

This theme is also one of the reasons Fiddler on the Roof is the ninth-longest-running show in Broadway musical history. This show is one of the best-loved musicals of all time.

After its Broadway opening on Sept. 22, 1964, the show won nine 1965 Tony Awards and the 1965 New York Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

Photo courtesy of the Houston Broadway Series

Theodore Bikel stars as Teyve, the lead character in a national tour of Broadwayis ninth-longest running drama, Fiddler on the Roof. The show runs in Houston from Jan. 23 to 28.

The popularity of Fiddler on the Roof that has lasted through the last two generations comes from to its widespread appeal that reaches every age, culture and ethnicity. The show has been performed in more than 15 languages and more than 30 countries worldwide.

The musical is based on Tevyeis Daughters, a collection of stories by the famous Yiddish author Sholom Aleichem. The story of Fiddler on the Roof follows the lives of a Jewish milkman and his five daughters as they struggle to preserve their familyis traditions and way of life in Anatevka, Russia.

Their czarist country is on the verge of a revolution, threatening their very lives and liberty. The real war, however, is fought in the home, as Tevye and his family battle against the oppressive forces of poverty and prejudice.

Seasoned performer Theodore Bikel has played the lead role of Tevye more than 1,600 times. He has also played many other roles, including Capt. Von Trapp in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music, as well as leads in Tonight in Samarkand, The Rope Dancers and The Lark. His performances have earned him an Emmy Award and an Academy Award nomination.

Fiddler on the Roof has a Tony Award-winning score, including songs like "If I Were a Rich Man," "Tradition," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "Do You Love Me," "Sunrise, Sunset" and many other well-loved classics Written by composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick.

Sammy Dallas Bayes is directing the musical. He is also following "Tradition" by including the original choreography created by Jerome Robbins 36 years ago.

Fiddler on the Roof, part of the Houston Broadway series, plays at Jones Hall through Jan. 28. It will show at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $30 to $55, with special rates for groups of 20 or more.

A captioned performance for the hearing impaired will occur at the 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 27.

Call (800) 755-6244 for more information.

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