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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Fiddler on the Roof extended for an extra week

Scott Wentwoth as Tevye (centre) with members of the cast.
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

September 5, 2013… The Stratford Festival is delighted to announce yet another extension to the 2013 season: Fiddler on the Roof, directed and choreographed by Donna Feore, will now run until October 27, giving theatregoers an additional week to catch this season’s hit musical.

“Donna has created a Fiddler for the memory books,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “Scott Wentworth presents a Tevye who truly touches our hearts as he balances his devotion to tradition against his daughters’ demands for change. Every member of the cast contributes to this outstanding production, which offers a rare combination of music and dance, humour and warmth.” 

In addition to Mr. Wentworth as Tevye, the production features Kate Hennig as his wife, Golde, with Jacquelyn French as Hodel, Keely Hutton as Chava, Gabrielle Jones as Yente, AndrĂ© Morin as Motel, Mike Nadajewski as Perchik, Paul Nolan as Fyedka and Jennifer Stewart as Tzeitel. 

Described by the Toronto Star’s Richard Ouzounian as “a musical done to perfection” and by the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones as a show “with more than its share of out-of-the-ordinary moments,” Fiddler on the Roof has been selling to sold-out houses filled with delighted theatregoers since it opened in the spring. 

“Director and choreographer Donna Feore’s production of Fiddler on the Roof bubbles over with [life],” said The Globe and Mail’s Kelly Nestruck. “All the love and pain, joy and sadness of living are found on her stage – and, during a few propulsive dance numbers, even spill right into the audience.”

Adds Mr. Ouzounian: “Forget every Fiddler on the Roof you have seen. This is something special, a show that makes you laugh and cry. You’ll leave the theatre marvelling at the entertainment quality of the Stratford Festival at its best, yet pondering the essence of the human condition the show reveals underneath.” 

Tickets for the following additional performances go on sale to Members of the Festival on Friday, September 6, and to the general public on Saturday:

 Tuesday, October 22, at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 24, at 2 p.m.
 Friday, October 25, at 2 p.m.
 Saturday, October 26, at 2 p.m.
 Sunday, October 27, at 2 p.m.

Based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, with book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, the Tony Award-winning musical was originally produced on the New York stage by Harold Prince and directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. The rousing, unforgettable score features such beloved songs as “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”Fiddler on the Roof is co-sponsored by Union Gas Limited. Production support is generously provided by the Harkins Family in memory of Susan Harkins and by Celebrate Ontario.

To reserve tickets for these and other performances, contact the box office at 1.800.567.1600 or visit stratfordfestival.ca.

The rest of the Stratford Festival’s 2013 season runs until October 20, featuring Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice, Tommy, Blithe Spirit, Othello, Measure for Measure, Mary Stuart, Waiting for Godot, Taking Shakespeare and The Thrill, along with more than 150 events at The Forum.

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