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Broadway in Chicago's "Fiddler on the Roof" is a Must-See

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The curtain opens on a gray wall with a man (Lazarov) wearing a red, hooded parka reading a book. He took off the coat, pulled up his shirt to reveal his tzitzit, added a cap…and became Tevya, leading the rest of the cast in singing and dancing the “Prologue: Tradition”.

Although Tevye thinks he rules the home, his wife, Golda (Maite Uzal), actually browbeats him quite a lot. His daughters, Tzeitel (Mel Weyn), Hodel (Ruthy Froch), Chava (Natalie Powers), Shprintze (Danielle Allen) and Bielke (Emerson Glick), have him wrapped around their little fingers.

When Yente (Carol Beaugard), the matchmaker, tells Golda she’s arranged a match between Tzeitel and Lazar Wolf (Jonathan Von Mering), Anatevka’s Butcher, Golda is delighted, so she pushes Tevye into meeting him to talk. Tevya is positive Wolf wants to buy his cow, so they talk at cross-purposes. Eventually Wolf gets the point across and Tevya consents to the match. The two get drunk together, singing “To Life”, along with everyone else in the tavern. Even the Cossacks join the villagers in a spectacular dance sequence.

Tzeitel doesn’t want to marry the butcher, she’s in love with Motel the Tailor (Jesse Weil). Tevye comes up with a brilliant scheme to convince Golda that Tzeitel should marry Motel, telling her about “The Dream” in which Grandma Tzeitel (Carolyn Keller) rejects Lazar Wolf, choosing Motel instead. The entire village celebrates the wedding of Motel and Tzeitel until the celebration is disrupted by the Constable (Jeff Brooks) and his soldier/thugs.

Meanwhile Hodel is falling in love with Perchik the Student/Agitator (Ryne Nardecchia)), who’s been teaching the sisters. When he has to return to Kiev, they announce that they’re engaged. Tevye tries to be tough, but ultimately gives in. When Perchik is arrested and sent to a labor camp in Siberia, Hodel goes to join him.

When Chava falls in love with a Cossack, Fyedka (Joshua Logan Alexander) and then marries outside her faith, he disowns her.

The villagers’ way of life is totally disrupted when the Constable delivers the order for the Jews to leave Anatevka. Tevye and Golda decide to take Shprintze and Bielke and go to America. Yente decides to go to the Holy Land. Tzeitel, Motel and their baby are going to Prague until they can save enough money to get to America. Although Chava and Fyedka could stay, they too decide to leave.

“Fiddler on the Roof” runs through January 6th at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph, Chicago. The best-priced parking option for Cadillac Palace is the garage on the corner of Franklin and Lake which charges only $13.

Running time is just about 3 hours, with an intermission. Performances are Tuesdays at 7:30 pm; Wednesdays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm; Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 2:00 and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at21:00 and 7:30 pm (no evening performance on Jan. 6). Tickets range from $25-$98. FYI (312) 977-1710, (800) 775-2000, www.broadwayinchicago.com or www.ticketmaster.com.