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Fiddler on the Roof Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.8 Stars)

Number of reviews: 33



1.0 star rating Mary DiCola from Chicago, Illinois


I've never been disappointed previously at a Chicago theater performance. However, Fiddler on the Roof changed a run of excellent theater experiences last night! I was expecting someone to come out of the curtains at the end and announce that we had been duped! Rather than professional actors, we were actually subjected to a High School performance, and the theater would be refunding our ticket money! Every time Golde and Yente performed, I winced in embarrassment! The play was ridden with over-acting, simply, bad acting, and horrible accents, (Was this a bad imitation of an East Coast, diner waitress?) Most of the characters sounded as if they were reading directly "Yelling" the script! Save your money! Go see a good High School performance!

3.0 star rating Laura from Cincinnati, Ohio


I have been to many plays and I have never felt the need to provide a review, but I must say that Yente was horrible in this play. She actually ruined the play for me. Her timing was consistently off (at times it seemed like someone had to remind her that it was her time to speak), and it seemed like she was reading her lines. She is a key character and her awful acting really took you out of the play. I actually have never been to a play where I thought an actor was so bad. The other characters were good. I thought the ending could have been much stronger. Some of the harmonies were fantastic and the dancing was excellent. Please replace this actress with someone who can act or at least relate to the character. Until then, I actually cannot recommend that you attend this play. Her performance is that off-putting.

4.0 star rating Deborah Larsen from St. Louis, Missouri


Overall I loved the production. I saw it at the Fox Theater in St Louis last night. The opening number was magnificent as was the dream sequence. The singing of the main characters was very good particularly the performer who played Hodel. I did, however, wish they had mixed more volume and bass in the male leads. I was disappointed in the bar scene as I did not feel that the costumes or choreography made it very clear that there were the distinctly two factions of townspeople participating. I also felt like they should have done a bit of padding in the Golde costume and made her look a bit older. Set design was good albeit a bit distracting with so many chorus characters constantly moving trees, etc while other dialogue is going on. Orchestration was wonderful as always with the Fox orchestra.

5.0 star rating Artanis from Naples, Florida


This was probably the 15th time I've seen Fiddler, including 2x with Zero Mostel. This was without a doubt one of the best performances I've seen. The Israeli actor that played Tevye was outstanding. He didn't try to copy any of the actors that came before him, but rather he gave the character his own touch, and it was great. The entire cast was top notch . We are season ticket holders so we had the same seats we've had for the last 7 seasons and they were, as always, great. No matter how many times you've seen this show before, this is definitely worth the time to see again.

5.0 star rating Upstairs fan from Tucson, Arizona


I thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday matinee and thought Fiddler On The Roof is the BEST show I've seen all season, bar none. The choreography and scenery were outstanding, and the cast was simply brilliant in their performance of this beautiful story. I was dismayed that the audience laughed at one point when the Rabbi was praying, which is most likely due to them not understanding the action. The music and singing was rousing, beautiful, and sometimes haunting, and I loved it all. Don't miss this!

4.0 star rating Elizabeth Henderson from Los Angeles, California


A most enthusiastic cast, with superb dancers. The new choreography and staging is far better than the original. The Israeli actor playing Tevye is astonishing good as an actor and singer - and I’ve seen Zero Mostel and others play this role. Alas, Golde, his wife, lacks soul, never captures that Jewish mother/wife essence under the hardness. Yenta is terrible; shocking she was cast. The oldest daughter is excellent; the youngest can act but lacks the voice. The rabbi and other men also lack voice power and/or acting chops. Still, go see it, for Tevye and the dancing! You will cry and fall in love with the show again, anyway.

3.0 star rating Andy from Los Angeles, California


Fiddler will always be a great show, but what I saw last night I was disappointed. I found the acting, singing and dancing mediocre at best. It was as if I was watching a community theater performance. Fun, yes, but professional. No way.


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