Fiddler on the Roof

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Reviewed by Daniel Wilson

The theatre was filled with roaring applause at the end of every song, and a standing ovation at curtain. Playing at the Princess Theatre until 27 February, before the production moves on to Sydney, Fiddler on the Roof is the hottest ticket this summer.

It really is one of the greatest musicals in history. For over 50-years the timeless themes of life, love, family and laughter have endured to tell a story of warmth and passion that resonates with audiences around the world.

Direct from Broadway, Australian superstar Anthony Warlow returns to Australia to star in a brand new production of one of the most loved musicals of all time.

The production is directed by the acclaimed Roger Hodgman, and boasts the spectacular choreography of Jerome Robbins. It stars Sigrid Thornton as Golde, Mark Mitchell, Nikki Wendt and Aria Award winner, Lior.

Its celebrated score features songs loved the world over such as ‘If I Were A Rich Man’, which has to be one of the most recognised songs from any musical, ‘Tradition’ and ‘Matchmaker’ – a monster hit for Barbra Streisand.

The story of Fiddler on the Roof follows the heart-warming journey of a family that has its traditional life turned upside down as the modern world starts to impact on life in their idyllic village.

It is set in an impoverished Russian shtetl, on the eve of an anti-Jewish pogrom. It examines the tension between tradition and upheaval. Told in the intimacy of family life, the winds of cultural and political change blow through the village. It poses questions: who one may love, what one may think, where one may live, and who may suffer.

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