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Fiddler on the Roof

Every Tue., Wed., and Thu. from July 30-Aug. 1
7:30 p.m.
Every Fri. and Sat. from Aug. 2-3
8 p.m.
Aug. 3
2 p.m.
Aug. 4
1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The latest national touring production dares to revise Fiddler on the Roof while still conveying the poignancy that Joseph Stein (book), Jerry Brock (music), and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) distilled from the tales of Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem. Set in the early 1900s, the musical centers on Tevye, a humble dairyman and devout Jew in a small Russian village whose life of scrupulously maintained rituals and routines has been upended by his three eldest daughters, each of whom has opposed the faith-based tradition of an arranged marriage, insisting instead on selecting their own mates. Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher gives this production a reinvigorating boost, as does Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, who infuses a new energy that seeks to accentuate, rather than replace, the cherished arrangements of Jerome Robbins.