The musical, which ran for 3,242 performances when it premiered on Broadway in 1964, was revived at the Crucible this Christmas past (See News, 23 Mar 2007) and is headed by Henry Goodman (pictured) as dairyman Tevye whose strict traditions come into conflict with his five daughters’ desires to marry for love.
The musical set in 1905 Tsarist Russia is based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem with a book by Joseph Stein and score by Jerry Block (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics). This new production is directed by Lindsay Posner, designed by Peter McKintosh and features the original choreography of Jerome Robbins (recreated by Sammy Dallas Bates with additions by Kate Flatt).
The majority of overnight critics were fiddling a happy tune in today’s papers, with particular praise heaped on Goodman’s “first-rate” and perhaps star-making performance at the heart of the production. There were approving nods too for Beverley Klein and Alexandra Silber as his wife and second eldest daughter respectively. And while many welcomed a chance to see Robbins’ “breathtaking” original choreography again, others felt this licence requirement stifled the creative potential of Posner’s “well-executed” production.
- by Malcolm Rock