Fiddler on the Roof | Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 24 2014
Price: $34-$94
Fifty years after its premiere, this adaptation of tales by Yiddish humorist Sholem Aleichem remains a nearly perfect work of lyric theater. Created by playwright Joseph Stein and songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick under the guidance of original director/choreographer Jerome Robbins, it's a seamless synthesis of script, song, instrumental music, and dance in the service of a multilayered, emotionally wide-ranging narrative. The story concerns a Jewish family in a Russian village in 1905 whose way of life is transformed by both internal frictions and external events. The oldest daughters, defying tradition, insist on marrying for love rather than accepting husbands chosen by their father; meanwhile, Czar Nicholas II's ethnic cleansing policies threaten to drive the clan from its ancestral homeland. Light Opera Works's rendition, directed by Rudy Hogenmiller, is more dutiful than inspired, but the story's epic sweep and the richly melodic score—beautifully sung and played under Roger L. Bingaman's musical direction—carry the day. —Albert Williams



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