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North Shore Music Theatre's 'Fiddler on the Roof' Celebrates Culture

The show is brilliant, lively, and heartfelt.

By Marielle SabbagPublished 14 days ago Updated 14 days ago 3 min read

L’Chaim! Without traditions, our lives would be shaky - like a fiddler on the roof.

Presented at North Shore Music Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof is a classic musical set in Russia in the early 20th century. Tevye, a Jewish milkman, navigates the challenges of cultural tradition as his daughters break the arranged marriage system to pursue love. Attacked by anti-Semitic threats, The village’s Jewish community heeds dark uncertainty for their future.

I had never seen Fiddler on the Roof until the spectacular honor of having North Shore Music Theatre introduce me to it. NSMT’s Fiddler on the Roof is brilliant, lively, and heartfelt. Along with the cast’s exceptional talent shone through each song, dance, and dramatic moment, the musical pays deep regard to the authenticity of Jewish tradition.

The entire audience was hooked when the show began with ‘Tradition.’ A cast of 35 actors filled numerous roles. The cast was amazing. As I have said, no small part exists in theater. Their dedication and talent contributed to immersing audiences in the story.

Jeremy Radin’s energetic and proud portrayal of Teyve is the show’s highlight. He was very animated in his performance, especially in his song number, “If I Were a Rich Man.’ He hammed up this iconic number much to the audience's delight. Radin balanced humor and heart, successfully manifesting Tayve’s underlying struggles to keep traditions grounded.

A few supporting roles to mention are Alaina Mills who captured the strength and warmth of Teyve’s wife, Golde. As the comical levity of the evening, Kathy St. George was witty as Yente, the matchmaker. She had audiences giggling at her comical and sarcastic remarks.

I enjoyed scenes with Teyve’s large family. Melody Munitz (Hodel), Ellie Fishman (Tzeitel), and Sophie Aknin (Chava) did a wonderful job performing ‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker.’ Felix Herbst did a phenomenal job playing the fiddle.

You’ll likely exit the theater humming the tunes. I can’t stop humming ‘If I Were a Rich Man.’ Joined by a live orchestra, each number is a standout. ‘To Life’ is another fun sequence. I didn’t know ‘Sunrise, Sunset’ came from this musical.

Josh Assor's choreography closely matches cultural dances. The wedding sequence is the show’s signature moment. The cast has a tremendous time dancing and balancing cups on their heads. I forgot that I was watching a show with how much fun the cast was having. I wanted to join in!

The technical work for NSMT’s Fiddler on the Roof also deserves praise for lighting designs, costumes, and design work to match integral cultural items.

Director Robert W. Schneider deserves high acclaim for his representation of Jewish culture. That’s what resonated with me. It’s ample by the showmanship of the cast of how closely he worked with everyone to ensure that culture aspects were portrayed authentically. This show is a chance for younger audiences to learn and be open-minded.

Fiddler on the Roof still echoes today with Its exploration of tradition, change, and the importance of cultural heritage. While tradition is important, we should be open to change and expand on new ideas and relationships.

I was engaged throughout the entire performance. I’ll never forget the immediate mood change when the cold-hearted Russians entered unannounced ruining the party. Although the show ends somberly there’s still a sense of hope. Be proud of your heritage and share your knowledge with others.

Not only is it an entertaining musical but the show is also a history lesson. Get your tickets and see this beautiful portrayal of Fiddler on the Roof at North Shore Music Theater. It plays on the NSMT stage until June 16.

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About the Creator

Marielle Sabbag

Writing has been my passion since I was 11 years old. I love creating stories from fiction, poetry, fanfiction. I enjoy writing movie reviews. I would love to become a creative writing teacher and leave the world inspiring minds.

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  • Lew Sabbag14 days ago

    Great review Marielle - hopefully they pack the house with this show!

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