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National Theatre Fiddler On The Roof

By • Apr 22nd, 2010 • Category: Reviews
Fiddler On The Roof
National Theatre
National Theatre, Washington DC
Through May 2
3:00 with one intermission
Reviewed April 14, 2010

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. It is the story of a Jewish town at the turn of the century and the trials and triumphs they encounter in a changing world.

This Fiddler was a delightful evening, spent with traditional singing and dancing, sincere acting, an efficient set, and an audience that seemed to love every minute of it, which made it more enjoyable.

Tony Award winning actor Harvey Fierstein as head of the family Tevye played the role with a light heartedness which at times made his character appear almost too silly. Fierstein’s grand gestures brought laughs from the audience which caused the silliness to go on. All that being said, when it was time for some serious moments he took total command of the stage and his raw emotion when he turned his back on his daughter and her new husband was heart wrenching.

Although Tevye was “The Papa,” Golde, played by Susan Cella was definitely “The Mama.” Her character was just as strong as Tevye’s with the added dimension of raising five daughters, keeping a kosher home and putting up with Tevye’s dreams of wealth and prosperity.

The ensemble cast danced joyfully, despite apparently having to adapt some of the dances to the crowded stage. Scenic Designer Steve Gilliam’s traditional set design made good use of the space, accented by Ken Billington and Jason Kantrowitz’s excellent lighting design.

Overall, this production was quite enjoyable, and is a superb introduction to Fiddler to a new generation of theatre fans.

Photo Gallery

08 Harvey Fierstein 04 Fierstein and Company
05 Fierstein and Company 07 Harvey Fierstein
06 Fierstein and Cella

Photos by Joan Marcus


  • Tevye: Harvey Fierstein
  • Golde: Susan Cella
  • Tzeitel: Kaitlin stilwell
  • Hodel: Jamie Davis
  • Hava: Deborah Grausman
  • Shprintze: Kerry Alexander
  • Bielke: Hannah Delmonte
  • Yente, The Matchmaker: Mary Stout
  • Motel, The Tailor: Zal Owen
  • Perchik, The Student: Colby Foytik
  • Lazar Wolf, The Butcher: David Brummel
  • Mordcha, The Innkeeper: Larry Block
  • Rabbi: Joel Bernstein
  • Mendel, The Rabbi’s Son: Gary Brintz
  • Avram, The Bookseller: Michael J. Farina
  • Nachum, The Beggar: Rick Pessagno
  • Grandma Tzeitel: Hannah Delmonte
  • Fruma-Sarah: Scott Leiendecker
  • Constable: Stephen Lee Anderson
  • Fyedka: Matthew Marks
  • Sasha: Mark Donaldson
  • Boris: David Gilleo
  • Vladmir: Scott Leiendecker
  • Misha: Trevor Illingworth
  • The Fiddler: Arthur A. Atkinson
  • Cymbal Player: Matthew Rossoff
  • Clarinet Player: Mark Donaldson
  • Tevye Standby: John Preece
  • Bottle Dancers: Richard Gatta, Scott Leiendecker, Rick Pessagno, Matthew Rossoff
  • Ensemble: Leslie Alexander, Katie Babb, Joanne Borts, Mark Donaldson, David Enriquez, Richard Gatta, David W. Gilleo, Rebecca Hoodwin, Trevor Illingworth, Scott Leiendecker, T. Doyle Leverett, Rusty Mowery, Matthew Rossoff, Jessica Scholl, Emily Shoolin, Juliana Stefanov
  • Understudies: Leslie Alexander, Katie Babb, Joanne Borts, Gary Brintz, David Brummel, Mark Donaldson, David Enriquez, Michael J. Farina, Rebecca Hoodwin, Trevor Illingworth, T. Doyle Leverett, Rusty Mowery, Rick Pessagno, Matthew Rossoff, Jessica Scholl, Emily Shoolin, Juliana Stefanov
  • Swings: David Enriquez, Juliana Stefanov
  • Dance Captain: David Enriquez


  • Music Director, Conductor: David Andrew Rogers
  • Associate Music Director: Nathan Thomas
  • Accordian: Sasha Luminsky
  • Violin: Victor Costanzi
  • Cello: Nick Donatelle
  • Flute/Alto Flute/Piccolo: Mark Allen Renfrow
  • Clarinet: Igor Shakhman
  • Trumpet I: Matt Mead
  • Trumpet II: Sam Oatts
  • Trombone: Jeff Merriman
  • Guitar/Mandolin: Tom Goslin
  • Bass: Michael Epperhart
  • Drums/Percussion: Christian Dionne
  • Music Coordinator: Sam Lutfiyya (Music Services International)

National Theatre Musicians

  • Flute: David Lonkevich
  • Cello: Gita Ladd
  • Trumpet II: Fred Irby
  • Trombone: Mark Mauldin/Victor Barranco
  • Keyboard (alternate): Ronnie Chiles
  • Bass (Alternate): Jeff Cooper
  • Orchestra Contractor: Ed Walters


  • Producers: Nicholas Howey, Randall A. Buck,
  • Don Kindl, Jennifer Howey
  • Director: Sammy Dallas Bayes
  • Assistant Director/Choreographer: Ken Daigle
  • Production Stage Manager: John Galo
  • Assistant Company Manager: Tammi Ward
  • Stage Manager: Heather Chockley
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Betsy J. Conner
  • Lighting Design: Ken Billington, Jason Kantrowitz
  • Assistant Lighting Designer: Travis McHale
  • Production Electrician/Programmer: Michael Brown
  • Sound Design: Duncan Robert Edwards
  • Production Sound: Mark Norfolk, SAVI USA
  • Sound Programmer: Matt Bell SAVI USA
  • On-line Producer: Randall A. Buck
  • Costume Design: Tony Ray Hicks
  • Head of Wardrobe: Jocelyn Little
  • Assistant Wardrobe: Jay R. Cole
  • Star Dresser: Suzayn MacKenzie
  • Hair/Wigs: Wendy Samlnd
  • Orchestrations: Larry Blank
  • Scenic Design: Steve Gilliam
  • Associate Scenic Designer: Sam Gilliam
  • Assistant Scenic Designer: Michael Riha
  • Music Director: David Andrews Rogers
  • Casting By: Dave Clemmons, C.S.A.
  • Master Electrician: Jeffrey “Swing” Holtz
  • Assistant Electrician: Forrest Hinman
  • Head Carpenter: Chris Osborn
  • Assistant Carpenter: Chris “Clem” Zajac, Michael Critchlow, Sean S. Hulbert
  • Head of Sound: Deniz G. Akyurek
  • Assistant Sound Engineer: Rhys Dawson
  • Head of properties: Paige J. Zaloudek
  • Assistanr Properties: Dan R. Boesch

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