FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Book: Jerry Bock
Music: Sheldon Harnick
Lyrics: Jerry Bock
Based on: “Tevye, The Milkman” – by Sholom Aleichem
Direction: Alan Souza
Choreography: Bill Szobody
Musical Director: Laura Berquist
Sets: Paul Sannerud
Lights: Chris Dallos
Costumes: Elizabeth Cox
Produced by: Nick Demos
Theatre: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
There are many people who hear about a new production of “Fiddler on the Roof” and dismiss it outright because they’ve seen this popular musical one time too many. But I would caution any who might make that assumption about Lyric Theatre’s current production.
While there’s nothing worse than a perfunctory staging of “Fiddler, “ Lyric’s current staging proves that this musical can still be heartfelt and humorous when treated with the care that director Alan Souza has imparted to his talented cast.
I found myself laughing more than I ever thought possible in a show that is not exactly lighthearted. But Souza clearly encouraged his cast to trust the material. Give audiences a well directed show, and they’ll reward the cast with giggles and belly laughs that catch them off guard.
Clearly, not all “Fiddlers” are created equal. But Lyric Theatre’s production proves that Souza and his capable cast are a match that even Yente would approve of.
– Rick Rogers - The Oklahoman – 13 July 2006