Every time they make a new revival of Fiddler on the Roof, people start wondering where they’ll go this time. But as one of the longest running Broadway show in the history, the opening night at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle was an exciting evening of laughs and family entertainment.

Every time they make a new revival of Fiddler on the Roof, people start wondering where they’ll go this time. But as one of the longest running Broadway show in the history, the opening night at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle was an exciting evening of laughs and family entertainment.

The 1964 Fiddler on the Roof is one of the classics. Based in Russia in the early 20th century, Harvey Feinstein plays poor Tevye, a milkman who finds troubles in adjusting to the changes in traditions. Struggling between their Jewish traditions and the invasion of modernity, Tevye and his community have to endure the change.

Even after 46 years, the material does not show its age. The story is simple and the plot is straightforward. Custom and tradition, change and transformation, and family and religion are themes of this musical. The fiddler, as Tevye tells the audience, represents the fragile balance of life in the village. Tevye says “every one of us is a FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck.” Touching and truthful, themes of the play are also themes of our lives.

The onsite rotating sets are gorgeous and smart and the lighting is incredible. The cast is great with professional acting, singing and dancing. They also do a good job of resembling a real community. As a natural center of focus, Harvey Feinstein is a true entertainer, bringing sparks and supports to the entire production.

Though this show does not have upbeat pop tunes or magical stuns, it is still very entertaining and moving. With its everlasting storyline, everyone will be able to connect with it on some level. From start to finish, Fiddler on the Roof is a pure Broadway entertainment with emotional truth.

Starring Harvey Fierstein, Susan Cella, Mary Stout, and David Brummel and directed by Sammy Dallas Bayes, the show runs from May 25-30 at Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $30.50-$73.50 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org)

(Harvey Fierstein and The Company; Photo credit:©2010 CAROL ROSEGG)

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