Fiddler on the Roof is the gold standard by which all musicals should be measured. It is rich with comedy and drama, passion, faith and history. It has the most beloved characters created for the stage, and a wealth of songs that stand the test of time.
From “If I Were A Rich Man” to “Sunrise, Sunset,” the music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, along with the book by Joseph Stein, transport theater goers to the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905, and follows a humble milkman Tevye, his wife and five daughters, with the story based on tales by Sholem Aleichem. It is the celebration of life, family, and most of all—“Tradition!”
Fans of Fiddler on the Roof can see an extraordinary production at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, from Wednesday, February 3 through Sunday Feb. 7. This musical revival played to sold out crowds at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts this past fall. And Ron Kurtz of 3000 Miles Off Broadway Productions has partnered with the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center to bring the classic to NoHo’s El Portal audiences.
After three years of tribute shows saluting the great musical artists of other decades, Kurtz is adding to his repertoire with one of the greatest musicals of all time. The original Tony-winning Broadway production of Fiddler opened in 1964 and has enjoyed tremendous international popularity. “No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience,” Kurtz reports.
With a cast of 35 actors and singers the show is led by the award winning actor/singer Fred Helsel who is the finest Tevye, and Sharon Gibson as the perfect Golde. It is directed by David Ralphe who also serves as General Manager of SVCAC, and a live orchestra of 15 will enhance this acclaimed production. Musical Director is Mazie Rudolph and Choreographer is Becky Castells.
Fiddler on the Roof’s El Portal’s performance schedule: Wednesday, Feb. 3; Thursday, Feb. 4; Friday, Feb. 5; and Saturday, Feb. 6, all at 8pm; Sunday, Feb. 7 at 3pm. The historic El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in the heart of North Hollywood’s NoHo Arts District. Call (818) 508-4200 for tickets or (818) 508-0281, or for more information visit www.ElPortalTheatre.com. #