Tradition is the theme as the 2012 Music Circus season continues with the all-time classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof” at Wells Fargo Pavilion, Aug. 14–19.
Like the iconic rooftop musician, playful yet reverent Tevye teeters between his respect for tradition and his love for his daughters, each anxious to follow her heart after a suitor her father finds unsuitable. One of the most beloved musicals ever, “Fiddler on the Roof” is a heart-warming and at times humorous look at a family living though tumultuous times.
Playing Golde in this Music Circus audience favorite will be stage and screen star Adrienne Barbeau, who made her Broadway debut as Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof” and originated the role of Rizzo in the Broadway production of “Grease,” and who has starred in numerous film, television and theater projects. Playing Tevye will be Bob Amaral, who has performed on Broadway in “Guys & Dolls” and “The Lion King” and in the 2011 Music Circus production of “The Producers,” as well as in a number of television and touring Broadway shows.
Yente will be played by Helen Geller, who has performed in multiple Music Circus productions, most recently “Funny Girl” in 2010. Lazar Wolf will be played by Ron Wisniski, who has appeared in more than a dozen Music Circus productions, including this season’s “The Little Mermaid” and “The Music Man,” as well as the national tours of “Beauty and the Beast “and “Annie.” “Fiddler on the Roof” will also feature Sacramento actors Michael Stevenson as Mordcha and Blair Leatherwood as Rabbi.
“Fiddler on the Roof,” with book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, features the songs “Tradition,” “Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” The original Broadway production, which opened Sep. 22, 1964, and ran for 3,242 performances, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 1965 and won nine, including Best Musical, Best Composer & Lyricist, Best Actor (Zero Mostel) and Best Choreography (Jerome Robbins). There were four subsequent Broadway productions, in 1976, 1981, 1990 and 2004. This will be the 12th Music Circus production of the show.
The 2012 Music Circus production of “Fiddler on the Roof” will be directed by Glenn Casale. The choreographer is Bob Richard and music director is Jeff Rizzo.
Music Circus is produced under the leadership of California Musical Theatre Artistic Director Glenn Casale and Associate Producer Scott Klier. California Musical Theatre executive producer is Richard Lewis.
Music Circus productions are presented at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Tickets are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at tickets.com or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office.
The 62nd Music Circus season continues with “Crazy for You” (Aug. 28 through Sept. 2), the final show of the season. For more information visit SacramentoMusicCircus.com.