Fiddler On The Roof Uk Tour 2013-14
Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:40 AM
I see that the consensus about the actor/musician thing is that it is cheap, but it works here. Anatevka feels vibrant with activity; a community working together in 'harmony'. Horwood's direction and choreography is thorough and the highlight would have to be The Dream. Weird and creepy as ever.
Paul Michael Glaser (who by the way played Perchik in the Topol film) has the eccentricity down to a tee and shows the character's struggle to maintain both tradition and his family. The daughters are a delight to watch, and Jennifer Douglas is a spriteful fiddler.
I cannot fault this production; the production is near-perfect. You would never had known that it has just premiered. The only hitch was when one of the bottles was dropped during the dance. If I did have a problem then it is that the production does go through the motions. Perhaps that's why I liked the musician idea, since the license restricts what alterations can be made to the choreography and staging.
Otherwise it's a must see!
Full review here in my new blog: http://www.anightatt...k/fiddler-roof/
Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:46 AM
for me the only weak link was the actress playing his wife, I found her a bit OTT so some dramatic moments became a bit more comedic.
Posted 19 October 2013 - 11:12 AM
Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:05 AM
It's far too long - 3hrs 5mins - and it feels it. The second act is better than the first, as there are some real advancements in the plot, but act one is just a drag. And I'm afraid I don't think it's a particularly good piece either. Every time I see Fiddler on the Roof I think this, and every time I think that I can't be right. The problem is that the book is weak and contains some terrible lines - bordering on crass when it comes to its portrayal of Russian Jews - and it takes too long to get going and move between musical numbers.
I understand that Craig Revel Horwood hasn't had that much freedom in the choreography and direction, because of licensing constraints, but surely it doesn't stipulate that every line should be spoken in a faux Russian accent? They're speaking Russian, not Russian with an English accent. We don't perform Chekhov, Bulgakov, Gorky etc sounding like Antony Sher channeling a meerkat, so why Fiddler on the Roof? Oh wait, Topol. Well forget Topol and perform it properly- then at least the piece would have a little more sincerity.
Paul Michael Glaser - accent aside - is the strongest performer up there and proves genuinely touching in the final few scenes. It also helps that his beard is genuine, unlike the other men whose stick on beards make them look like wise men in a primary school nativity play. My favourite song of the show 'Miracle of Miracles' is given a really damp rendition by John Trenchard, and the dream sequence looks like something out of Bill Kenwright's Scrooge.
That said it's clearly pulling in the crowds. The 1200 seater Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury was packed last night, and it's a near sell out for the whole week.
Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:52 PM
I have no experience of this, I have never even seen the film. I agree it's very long especially act 1. I enjoyed the show but I did want the pace to pick up a bit.
The set was clever but the overall feeling was very grey and depressing. I'm sure this was intentional but I don't think the joy and humour of the piece was communicated very well. It was like watching a b/w film. The playing of instruments was integrated fantastically. A few comments have been made about it being a cheap option but it really works. I think CRH is brilliant at this.
PMG good, not necessarily for the voice but the characterisation was great. The guy who played the tailor.... Terrible.
Audience loved it.
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