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To-Do: 'Fiddler on the Roof'

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Fiddler on the Roof opens tonight at Robinson Center Music Hall.
  • © 2010, CAROL ROSEGG
  • "Fiddler on the Roof" opens tonight at Robinson Center Music Hall.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
7:30 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $17-$50.

The first production of “Fiddler on the Roof” opened on Broadway nearly 50 years ago. The smash-hit musical was based on a short story by Sholem Aleichem called “Tevye and his Daughters,” published in 1894.

Then, as now, the theme of striving to hold on to one’s traditions in the face of enormous changes and societal upheaval was a relevant one. Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman in early 20th century Russia, wrestles with a variety of internal and external forces that are threatening big changes for his family and his way of life: a wealthy, middle-aged suitor seeks his eldest daughter’s hand in marriage, though she’s in love with a poor young tailor. Another daughter seeks to marry a Marxist revolutionary (disregarding the traditional role of the matchmaker) and yet another of his daughters falls in love with a young Russian gentile despite Tevye’s disapproval.

Meanwhile word is spreading of an imminent pogrom and the expulsion of Jews from Russia. Throughout it all, Tevye must search his soul for the answers to these modern dilemmas.

This production open tonight and runs again Dec. 1.

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