Lyric Stage opened its 22nd season with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, September 5–14, 2014, in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall.
Performances were September 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 @ 8:00 PM and September 4 & 14 @ 2:30 PM.
“The 50th anniversary of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’s original Broadway opening coincides with the opening of Lyric Stage’s 22nd season and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate,” says Lyric Stage Founding Producer Steven Jones. “Our production will feature the 34-piece Lyric Stage orchestra under the baton of music director Jay Dias.”
With book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is considered by many to be the last show of Broadway’s “Golden Age.” The original production ran 7 years and nine months (3,242 performances), becoming the longest running show in Broadway history when it closed in 1972.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF began life when Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joseph Stein (book) decided to adapt Sholom Aleichem’s Tevye the Dairyman as a musical. The title FIDDLER ON THE ROOF comes from Marc Chagal’s painting “The Fiddler.” Chagall’s fiddler is a metaphor for survival, through tradition and joyfulness, in a life of uncertainty and imbalance. “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Matchmaker” are three of the score’s songs that became standards.
Len Pfluger returned to Lyric Stage after his acclaimed direction of last season’s NINE to direct FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Jay Dias was music director/conductor and Ann Neiman recreated Jerome Robbins’ original choreography. Margaret J. Soch was the Production Stage Manager.
The cast included Jason Kane as Tevye and Leslie Alexander as his wife Golde. His five daughters were played by Katie Moyes Williams, Mary McElree, Jad Saxton, Grace Moore and Lily Monday. Deborah Brown played Yente, The Matchmaker with Seth Womack as Motel, Anthony Fortino as Perchik, Dennis Wees as Fyedka and Greg Dulcie as Lazar Wolf. The rest of the cast included Mark Hawkins, Jackie L. Kemp, Dustin Simington, Cliff C. Sharpless, Neil Rogers, Keith J. Warren, Sarah Comley-Caldwell, James Williams, Christine Chambers, Addie Morales, Emma Colwell, Delynda Johnson Moravec, Kathryn Taylor Rose, Preston Isham, Gerard Lucero, Daniel V. Saroni, Michael Scott McNay, Daniel Stanley, J. Alexander Langley and Stephan Beall.
The rest of Lyric Stage’s 22nd season:
- THE GOLDEN APPLE October 24-November 2, 2014
- ANNIE GET YOUR GUN in concert January 22-25, 2015
- LADY IN THE DARK April 24-May 1, 2015 and
- SOUTH PACIFIC June 12-21, 2015
All performances will feature the Lyric Stage orchestra playing the original Broadway orchestrations.