BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Spotlight Theatre Auckland

BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Spotlight Theatre Auckland

Manukau Performing Arts choice to produce Fiddler on the Roof is relevant for traditional and modern day reasons.

The much-loved 1964 musical is a timely reminder that we are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us. Traveling back to Anatevka feels more familiar than expected.

The present state of parts of the world gives us new reasons to appreciate the themes of displacement, unrest and change. The Middle East comes to mind but also the issues and struggles of our Western Society.

But let's not take things too seriously. The near-to-full house not only appreciated the tradition of the story and music that is Fiddler on the Roof but also enjoyed the comedy.

With an interesting set cleverly devised by Director Regan Crummer and Stage Manager Jono Craig, the levels gave opportunity to support a choreography that reflected the moves synonymous with Jewish and Russian dance. Choreographer Zoe Gilmore has created a dynamic that both meets the cast ability whilst remaining true to genre. Michael Saunders vision with the costuming is both true to the error and individual characters.

The story centres around Tevye, played by John Bower. The dialogue is cleverly written to reflect his struggle between tradition, change and family love. Bower is assured but unforced allowing the audience to feel like they are part of the conversation.


The relationships between Tevye and his family exposes the constant challenges that change brings; to marry for tradition, religion, security or love prompting Tevye to ask his wife, Golde, played by Chantel Wilson if she indeed loves him. Their rendition of "Do You Love Me?" creates a heartfelt and tender moment.

The music is wonderfully familiar and the all timeless songs; 'Tradition', 'Matchmaker Matchmaker', 'If I were a Rich Man' and 'Sunrise, Sunset' to name but a few, will have you singing along. The orchestra is beautiful and pays homage to the much loved music. Musical Director Edwin Randall is indeed a supreme maestro.

As if this show is not a treat in itself, one of New Zealand's most well known and diverse performers Helen Medlyn appears in the cameo role of Fruma Sarah in the nightmare scene. I do not want to create a spoiler other than to say this is a memorable scene indeed.

For a trip down memory lane and a reminder of this well known and beautifully written timeless classic get along to MPA's Fiddler on the Roof.

BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Spotlight Theatre Auckland
Manukau Performing Arts
21st April - 5th May

Spotlight Theatre
Allan Brewster Centre, Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe
Bookings: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2018/apr/fiddler-on-the-roof

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