Fiddler on the Roof

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A musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905.

The original play

Originally entitled Tevye and based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Milkman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem.

First produced in 1964 at the Imperial Theatre, New York, transferred in 1967 to the Majestic Theatre and in 1970 to The Broadway Theatre, and ran for a record-setting total of 3,242 performances. The production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

Performance history in South Africa

1969: First produced in South Africa by Taubie Kushlick at the Empire Theatre in Johannesburg, for ACT. It starred Simon Israeli and Lya Dulizkaya with dances staged by Kip Andrews. This production was then taken on a tour of South African cities.

1979: Produced for CAPAB by Montgomery Cooper in July, directed by David Matheson, with, among others, Maria Schoeman and Philip Godawa. Musical director Gerry Bosman, stage manager Mavis Lilenstein.

1980: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

1984: Produced by Taubie Kushlick and choreographed by Kip Andrews).

1992: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

1995: Nedbank, CAPAB Musical Theatre. Nico Opera House 28 October to 25 November 1995. Directed and staged by David Matheson. Musical director: George Michie. Original choreography reproduced by Sharon Friedman and David Matheson. Cast included Andre Roothman as Tevye, Aviva Pelham as Golde. Other cast members included Angela Kilian, Janine Holthuysen, Anthea Thompson, Charla Malamed, Joanna Hawkins, Kate Ascott-Evans, Bonnie Maranz, Sara Cohen, Paul Griffiths, Russel Boast, DeWet van Rooyen, Garth Anderson, Richard Newman, Paul Warwick-Griffin, Johan Malherbe, Pierre Neethling, Maureen Tyson, Lindsey Redman, Lex Alport, Martin Pienaar, Hilda Sandak-Lewin, Joe Koemer, Colin Leo.

1997: by ***

2005: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

2007: Staged by Packed House Productions , directed by Genna Lewis.

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