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Paul Michael Glaser takes on the iconic role of Tevye in an exquisite new production of Fiddler on the Roof

Posted: 03 October 2013
Paul Michael Glaser takes on the iconic role of Tevye in an exquisite new production of Fiddler on the Roof

One of the most popular and beloved stage musicals of all time, Fiddler on the Roof, returns to life in a brand new production starring the acclaimed actor, director and writer Paul Michael Glaser as Tevye.

This new production, at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tue 22 – Sat 26 October is directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing judge and master of the musical stage Craig Revel Horwood. His spectacular staging has a hugely talented company not only act, sing and dance but also play their own musical instruments to the wonderful score which includes the instantly recognisable and memorable songs including If I Were a Rich Man, Matchmaker Matchmaker, Sunrise Sunset, To Life, Tradition and many more. 

Paul Michael Glaser, who was in the classic 1971 film version of the musical (in the role of the student and Bolshevik revolutionary Perchik), takes on the role of the local milkman, Tevye. Best known for playing David Starsky in the iconic Starsky and Hutch TV series (four seasons 1975 – 1979) opposite David Soul, he also made a brief cameo appearance in the 2004 film version of the same (with Ben Stiller playing Starsky). He has many other TV credits to his name, including most recently Captain Jack Steeper in NBC’s Third Watch. On stage he has appeared in over 50 roles in regional, repertory, off-Broadway and Broadway theatre in the US. His film credits include Something’s Gotta Give alongside Diane Keaton. His directorial credits include several episodes of Starsky and Hutch, Miami Vice, Robbery Homicide Division and Judging Amy, as well as the children’s film Kazaam. He is also a writer of poetry and children’s literature. He has appeared on the UK stage before in pantomime at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley and Sunderland Empire.

Executive producer John Stalker said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Paul Michael Glaser to the iconic and starring role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. It is a part he has longed to play for years and that he has chosen to realise his dream in this new production from Craig Revel Horwood for Music & Lyrics is both humbling and tremendously exciting. Musical theatre lovers the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland are in for a very special treat and we expect demand for tickets to be high.’

Tevye, the local milkman in his village of Anatevka, has always stuck by his traditions but suddenly his headstrong daughters decide that they want to marry for love rather than accept whatever Yente the Matchmaker comes up with. Tevye loves his daughters but has to convince his wife, and the villagers, that their decisions are actually falling in with tradition. Even if it means conjuring up ghosts of dead wives and scaring his own wife to bits in order to get her to agree. Tradition is all well and good but, in the end, the world moves on, as do the villagers but maybe not for the reasons they would have liked.

Fiddler on the Roof is one of the most popular and beloved of all stage musicals and one of Broadway’s longest-running of all time with a marathon run of over 13 years and over 3,000 performances from its premiere in 1964. It won nine Tony Awards, had four Broadway revivals and was made into a film of the same name starring Topol. This new production captures all the emotions of laughter and joy to tears and sadness and has been receiving rave reviews since opening this month and when you join Tevye, his family and friends, you’ll understand why.

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