One of the world’s favourite musicals, Fiddler on the Roof, tours to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 25th November to Saturday 30th November starring Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky in the 70’s television series Starsky and Hutch) in the lead role of Tevye. Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly Come Dancing judge and a master of the musical stage, has recreated Jerome Robbins’s original direction and choreography for this production.
Fiddler on the Roof is one of the most popular and beloved of all stage musicals and one of Broadway’s longest-running of all time with a marathon run of over 13 years and over 3,000 performances from its premiere in 1964. It won 9 Tony Awards, had 4 Broadway revivals and was made into a film of the same name starring Topol. This new production captures all the emotions, from laughter and joy to sadness and tears, and is filled to the brim with memorable and instantly-recognisable songs including If I Were a Rich Man, Matchmaker Matchmaker, Sunrise Sunset, To Life, Tradition and many more.
Living in a Russian village in 1905, Tevye, the local milkman, has always stuck to the traditional way of life. Suddenly his head-strong daughters decide that they want to marry for love rather than agree to the choice of Yente, the Matchmaker. Tevye loves his daughters but he is faced with the challenge of convincing his wife, and the villagers to accept change. 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.
Paul Michael Glaser returns to Fiddler on the Roof to lead a cast of 19 in the role of Tevye, after performing in the classic film version of the musical in 1971, when he played the role of the student and Bolshevik revolutionary Perchik, who falls in love with Tevye’s second daughter.
On television, Paul Michael Glaser is best known for playing David Starsky in the iconic series Starsky and Hutch, opposite David Soul. The series ran for four seasons from 1975 to 1979. He also made a brief cameo appearance in the 2004 film version of the same (with Ben Stiller playing Starsky). He has numerous other television credits to his name, including most recently Captain Jack Steeper in NBC’s Third Watch. On stage, he has appeared in over 50 roles in regional, repertory, off-Broadway and Broadway theatre in America. His many film credits include Something’s Gotta Give alongside Diane Keaton. His directorial credits include several episodes of Starsky and Hutch, Miami Vice, Robbery Homicide Division and Judging Amy, as well as the children’s film Kazaam. He is also a writer of poetry and children’s literature. He has appeared on stage in the UK before in pantomime at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre and at the Sunderland Empire.
The large cast of musicians and actors appearing in Fiddler on the Roof, who perform the magnificent orchestral score live on stage, also features Karen Mann as Golde. Karen’s previous credits at the Theatre Royal Bath include Sweeney Todd in 2004 and Return to the Forbidden Planet in 1995. Playing the role of Motel is Jon Trenchard, who previously performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in Mack and Mabel in 2006; and the role of Rabbi is played by Neil Salvage, who returns to the Theatre Royal after performing in Animal Farm at the egg theatre for The Peter Hall Company 2007 season.
Director and choreographer Craig Revel Horwood is well-known on television in the UK and across the world as a judge on all ten series of BBC1’s multi award-winning Strictly Come Dancing. His numerous credits as a director and choreographer include, most recently, three Strictly Come Dancing Live tours; the UK tour of Chess and subsequent transfer to Toronto; and The Witches of Eastwick at the Watermill Theatre. His extensive West End credits as a director and choreographer include Miss Saigon; West Side Story; Spend Spend Spend! (Olivier nomination for Best Choreography); Sunset Boulevard; My One and Only; and The Beautiful and Damned (Olivier nomination for Best Choreography). Also a published author, his new book Tales from the Dance Floor follows his best-selling autobiography, All Balls and Glitter. In 2014, he is set to direct and choreograph the new UK stage tour of Happy Days.
Fiddler on the Roof is produced by Music & Lyrics Ltd, whose previous successful touring productions include The King and I, which with Curve Leicester, won a prestigious nomination for Best Touring Production in the 2012 UK Theatre Awards; and High Society.
Fiddler on the Roof is based on Sholem Aleichem Stories and is staged by special permission of Arnold Perl. The book is by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. It was produced on the New York stage by Harold Prince, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. This production is presented by permission of Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theater International of New York. Set and costume design are by Diego Pitarch with lighting design by Richard G Jones and sound design by Richard Brooker.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 25th November to Saturday 30th November. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online via www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Performances: Evenings: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Matinees: Wednesday & Saturday at 2.30pm
Tickets: £26 – £43 with concessions available
All photography by Tristram Kenton