Fiddler on the Roof is one of those musicals I grew up with, although I had never seen the production in its entirety. In high school, we studied and performed parts of Fiddler on the Roof in theater, and I got to know the story and songs so well, I would often sing Matchmaker, Matchmaker within our group of friends. A few nights ago, I finally saw Fiddler on the Roof at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. This phenomenal production exceeded all of my expectations, and has quickly become one of my favorite musicals of all time.
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Fiddler on the Roof
It is 1905 in the Russian small town of Anatevka, where impoverished Tevye and his five daughters live. In a world that is rapidly changing, Tevye strives to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions. His strong-willed daughters, now of marrying age, want to marry for love, contrary to the Jewish tradition of arranged marriage.
Tevye is also challenged by the rising violence against him and his fellow Jews. Fiddler on the Roof is as much a story about intolerance and injustice as it is about family, tradition, and love. From the beginning, Tevye understands his place in a time where the lives and traditions he holds are as equivocal as a fiddler on a roof.
The costumes and set design all seek to immerse audiences in the characters, their story, and more importantly, the time where Fiddler on the Roof takes place. The score is beautiful, propelling the story forward. But Fiddler on the Roof has endured as one of the greatest musicals of all time because of its strong story.
Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway in 1964 and was the first musical to surpass 3,000 performances. The show won the 1965 Tony Award for best Musical along with eight other Tony Awards that year. Fiddler on the Roof was the longest-running Broadway musical for nearly 10 years until Grease surpassed its run, and still stands as the seventeenth longest-running show in Broadway history.
Fiddler on the Roof Tickets and Showtimes
Fiddler on the Roof is now performing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and runs May 7 through May 19, 2019. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at SCFTA.org, via phone (714.556.2787), and at the box office. Performance schedule is as follows:
Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Segerstrom Hall
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
Prix-Fixe Menu at Leatherby’s Café Rouge
Before you see Fiddler on the Roof at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, enjoy a three-course prix-fixe meal at Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge. Located inside the center, the menu includes starters like Dungeness Crab Louie, Scallop Crudo, or English Pea-Tarragon Agnolotti, followed by entrees including Baked Egg Shakshouka, Lemon-Thyme Spatchcock Cornish Game Hen, and Smoked Pork Butt Hash Cakes. Desert includes a selection of handcrafted Patina Desserts. The prixe-fixe meal is $49 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under and served from 11 am to 2 pm.