Last night I was lucky enough to catch the opening show of Fiddler on the Roof here in Vancouver. We are so lucky to have shows tour through our amazing city and always some of the best at Queen Elizabeth Theatre one of my favorite buildings here in the city. It is iconic and gorgeous and perfect for all the productions that come through its doors and I never tire of visiting.
With the show only running until the 22nd of this month we were so lucky to have been blessed with tickets from a close friend. I got to take out another close friend of mine and enjoy a night out away from the kids and reconnect. It was such a great way to spend a night and I was so happy to have been given the opportunity to again; reconnect with a very dear friend.
Having never seen Fiddler on the Roof before, but being very familiar with the classic songs, I was excited to experience it for the first time with this cast line up. Filled to the brim with talent I knew we were in for a real treat. My date for the night has seen it a few times, once in Yiddish, and was thrilled to see me experience for the first time and be there to give me some of her deeper insights, thoughts and comparisons.
All I can say is: WOW! From beginning to end both my friend and I were totally enamoured. We were laughing, we were crying and we were living with this amazing family on the stage. I couldn’t get enough and I was completely taken away to their little village. With detailed set design that was utilized so well throughout the entire show, perfect lighting and incredible symbolism you will be blown away.
Some of my favourite performances were from Jonathan Hashmonay as Tevye, Maite Uzal as Golde, Randa Meierhenry as Tzeitel, GraceAnn Kontak as Hodel, Yarden Barr as Chava and Daniel Kushner as Motel. I know that seems like I listed everybody, and I almost did, but it is so well deserved they did a brilliant job. Each of their voices were phenomenal and their emotional performances and timing made the show everything it was opening night.
Fiddler on the Roof is only here in Vancouver for a short time and I can’t urge you hard enough to go and see it. You will love the evening out at the most beautiful theaters in our city, watching one of the longest running musicals in history. If you want to snag tickets before the show is sold out you can find them HERE.