"Fiddler On The Roof" Continues A Glorious Tradition at WBT!

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:00 am By: Sue Ann Witt Source: Rising Publications

I have to begin this review by stating that of the countless times I have seen “Fiddler on the Roof”, this performance is one of the best I have seen. Bill Nolte, excels as Tevye and in my opinion exceeds Zero Mostel’s portrayal. As powerful a performance as he gives, Nolte does not overshadow the rest of this wonderful cast. Individually, each performer is a standout and collectively, this is of Tony award caliber.

Many of the musical numbers have become classics: “Tradition”, “Matchmaker Matchmaker”; “If I Were A Rich Man”; and the wonderful “Sunrise, Sunset.”

From the opening scene, Andrew Mayer as the Fiddler, representing the uncertainty of life, sets the stage for Bill Nolte’s Tevye, a simple dairyman, hard worker, faithful to generations of traditions. We meet each member of the family: Golde, his wife (Emile Zacharias), daughters Tzeitel (Rachel Prather), Hodel (Sarah Rolleston), Chava (Dana Glaus), Shprintze (Samantha Robins and Shannon Stout alternate performances),  and Bielke (Gianna Florio and Julia Gold alternate). As Tevye sings “Tradition” we meet the residents of Anatevka, a small peasant town in Czarist Russia.

“Fiddler on the Roof”, based on the stories and tales by Sholem Aleichem, tells the story of people who know who they are, observe their traditions, passing them down to the next generation, following the dictates of tradition. The younger generation, however, begins to question and challenge those traditions. In the summer of 1905, times are changing, outsiders bring and spread anti-capitalist messages of the future, pograms are happening in all the small villages and, in the end, the residents are forced to leave their beloved village of Anatevka, traveling to an uncertain future yet ever hopeful, supported by their traditions of family and faith.

The cast also includes Yente, the Matchmaker (Terry Palasz); Lazar Wolf, the Butcher (Eric Johnson); the Rabbi (Drew Martin); Mendel, his Son (Benjamin Dean), Mordcha, the Innkeeper (Michael J. Farina); Avraham, the Bookseller (Stephen Valenti); Chaim, a Fishmonger (Jeremy Bensussan); Schloime, the Bagel Seller (Jason Moody); We meet Perchik, the Student and The Priest (Joe Longthorne in both roles), Motel, the Tailor (Andrew Boza), Fyedka (Chris Giordano; Sasha, his Friend and Nachum the Beggar (Lucas Thompson in both roles), Vladek  and Yussel, a Hatmaker (Paul Sabala in both roles), Boris (Jason Sabala) and The Constable (Stephen Tewksbury); Grandma Tzeitel and Shaindel, (Motel’s Mother (Eadie Scott in both roles); Fruma-Sarah (Dana Glaus); Rivka (Amanda Pulcini); and the Bottle Dancers (Jeremy Bensussan, Jason Moody, Lucas Thompson, Paul Sabala.

All aspects of this production are of the highest caliber. WBT’s production should not be missed and should be seen here more than once.

Fiddler on the Roof will play through November 25 and will return again January 3 throughFebruary 3, 2013.

For reservations, call 914-592-2222 or go to www.BroadwayTheatre.com. Showtimes are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday matinees and Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.  The theater is located at 1 Broadway Plaza,Elmsford,NY10523