Arizona Theatre Company Keeps The Tradition Alive with Beloved Musical, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
New production of the treasured musical highlights 50th Anniversary Season
Photography by Tim Fuller
The beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof, called “one of the greatest musicals in history” by the New York Daily News and “Indestructible” by The New Yorker magazine, brings a richly vibrant close to 2016 and a celebratory opening to 2017 in Arizona Theatre Company’s epic production as part of ATC’s 50th anniversary season.
Directed by ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, the Arizona Theatre Company production plays Dec. 3-31 at the Temple of Music and Art, 333 S. Scott Ave. in Tucson and Jan. 6-29 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in Phoenix. The 2016-17 season is sponsored by I. Michael and Beth Kasser. Shirley Estes is the Production Sponsor in Tucson. Phoenix Production Sponsors are Joanie Flatt & Michael Flatt and The Shapiro Family Philanthropic Foundation.
Featuring a cast of 28, ATC’s first-ever production of Fiddler is the largest production the company has produced in over 30 years. The musical features a host of classics including “To Life,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.” The original Broadway production opened in September 1964 and ran for a then-record 3,232 performances. It has been subsequently continuously produced in nearly every country in the world, bringing its timeless mix of rich drama, delightful wit and timeless themes of faith to tens of millions. The original production won nine of its ten Tony Awards nominations. Subsequent revivals in 1981, 1991, 2004 and 2015 also earned Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Award nominations.
When Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway in 1964, it was instantly embraced. Fiddler became the first Broadway show to run for more than 3,000 performances, spawning hundreds of productions all over the world in dozens of languages. The imaginary little village of Anatevka became more famous than many actual towns, and the character of Tevye became as beloved and iconic as any character in literature.
Based on a series of stories by the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, Fiddler On The Roof is set in the world of the Jewish Pale of Settlement in pre-Revolutionary Tsarist Russia in 1905. Fiddler on the Roof is a richly heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. It tells the deeply human story of Tevye, the milkman, Golde, his wife, and his five daughters as they wrestle with faith, love, prejudice and Diaspora, all while holding firmly to their religious and social traditions.
“Fiddler couldn’t be more specifically steeped in the details of a very particular place and time and religion and culture,” said Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein. “Yet the story of Tevye and his daughters has achieved a universality that seemingly transcends every geographic and cultural barrier. The themes at the heart of Fiddler on the Roof are universal and deeply rooted in all our cultures. Tradition, family, and faith are under siege in Tevye and Golde’s home – just as they were in the turbulent 1960s when Fiddler premiered – and just as they most surely are today in a polarized environment quickly adjusting to enormous global change.”
Ticket prices are $30-$80 and are available in-person in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art box office or by calling (520) 622-2823. Tickets are available in-person in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center, or by calling (602) 256-6995 or online for performances in both cities at www.arizonatheatre.org. For more information call (520) 622-2823 in Tucson, (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix or visit www.arizonatheatre.org.