Arizona Theatre Company presents ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

The beloved musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” called “one of the greatest musicals in history” by the New York Daily News and “Indestructible” by The New Yorker magazine, brings a richly vibrant close to 2016 and a celebratory opening to 2017 in Arizona Theatre Company’s epic production as part of ATC’s 50th anniversary season.

Eric Polani Jensen is making his ATC debut as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof."

Eric Polani Jensen is making his ATC debut as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Directed by ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, the Arizona Theatre Company production plays Dec. 3-31 at the Temple of Music and Art, 333 S. Scott Ave. in Tucson and Jan. 6-29 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in Phoenix.

The 2016-17 season is sponsored by I. Michael and Beth Kasser. Shirley Estes is the production sponsor in Tucson.  Phoenix production sponsors are Joanie Flatt and Michael Flatt and The Shapiro Family Philanthropic Foundation.

Featuring a cast of 28, ATC’s first-ever production of “Fiddler” is the largest production the company has produced in over 30 years. The musical features a host of classics including “To Life,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.”

The original Broadway production opened in September 1964 and ran for a then-record 3,232 performances. It has been subsequently continuously produced in nearly every country in the world, bringing its timeless mix of rich drama, delightful wit and timeless themes of faith to tens of millions. The original production won nine of its 10 Tony Awards nominations.

Subsequent revivals in 1981, 1991, 2004 and 2015 also earned Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Award nominations.

When “Fiddler on the Roof” opened on Broadway in 1964, it was instantly embraced.  “Fiddler” became the first Broadway show to run for more than 3,000 performances, spawning hundreds of productions all over the world in dozens of languages. The imaginary little village of Anatevka became more famous than many actual towns, and the character of Tevye became as beloved and iconic as any character in literature.

Based on a series of stories by the Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, “Fiddler On The Roof” is set in the world of the Jewish Pale of Settlement in pre-Revolutionary Tsarist Russia in 1905. “Fiddler on the Roof” is a richly heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. It tells the deeply human story of Tevye, the milkman, Golde, his wife, and his five daughters as they wrestle with faith, love, prejudice and Diaspora, all while holding firmly to their religious and social traditions.

Ticket prices are $30-$80 and are available in-person in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art box office or by calling (520) 622-2823.  Tickets are available in-person in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center, or by calling (602) 256-6995 or online for performances in both cities at www.arizonatheatre.org.

For more information call (520) 622-2823 in Tucson, (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix or visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

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