Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof
By Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics). CLOC Musical Theatre (Victoria). National Theatre, St. Kilda. Co-Directors, Chris and Lynette White; Musical Director, Phillip Osborne; Lighting Designer, Brad Alcock. 20 May – 4 June, 2011.

It’s an oldie, but a goodie, presented with warmth and confidence by CLOC Musical Theatre.

Peter Nicholls, playing the central role of Tevye, has a voice of liquid gold timbre. I could have listened to If I were a Rich Man all night. Lindy Yates (Golde) speaks volumes with a raised eyebrow or sideways glance.

All other principals make commendable performances with some fine singing, particularly the trio Matchmaker (Michelle Crupi, Lauren McCormack and Clary Riven).

Chorus numbers, of note Sunrise Sunset, are beautifully executed by the cast with superb vocal balance, and the crowd-pleasing dream scene was fun in spite of some suspected costume glitches. The lighting states throughout the show are complimentary and most effective.

On the other hand, as Tevye would say, the interval feels somewhat frantic. Perhaps a 7.30pm curtain would be warranted for a 3 hour show. Along the same vein, the final farewell scene between the villagers feels unnecessarily long at the close.

CLOC’s Fiddler is an enjoyable night out. The cast and production team must be heartily congratulated on what is a warm and wonderful performance of a perennial favourite.

Lucy Graham

Image: Peter Nicholls as Tevye.

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