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Fiddler on the Roof Reviews

Broadway ShowsMusicalsTony Winners2016 Tony NomineesClassic

Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.8 Stars)

Number of reviews: 33



2.0 star rating Julie W from Costa Mesa, California


I organized a group of friends and family to see this personal sentimental favorite. To those who have no comparisons to draw upon, I can understand their delight. My impressions, however, are sadly underwhelmed. Who even cast these performers? The texture, comedic timing, power, range and timbre of the vocals was chronically distracting. Yente practically read her lines. Tevye was too young for the role. Good marks for the staging and special effects and loved the bottle dance. I value this story as my grandparents were exiled from a village much like Anetevka, I can assure you that there was definitely room to portray the emotional impact of that eviction and violence much, much better. I am glad this story is still being told and now being introduced to a new audience, but the potency leaves much to be desired.

2.0 star rating M. Weber from Costa Mesa, California


With a bang-up opening act, I expected much more from what turned out to be, dare I say, an insipid play. The orchestra played well, but the singing was not the best, especially the middle daughter. I enjoyed Teyve's character, but I had to guess at some of his lines, his vocal projection was not there. Yenta was so disappointing! Sounded like she was reading her lines and couldn't decide on which accent to use. Her timing was nonexistent. I found the lighting very muddy, the humor missing or muted, and the singing so-so. Just seemed like lots of missed opportunities to put on a good show.

5.0 star rating Mary O. from San Diego, California


Without giving away important moments of connection here and now, this beautiful, historical, intimate story speaks to our current precarious times and to borrow the Hamilton message and maybe the Beatles - love is love is love is love is love comes through loud and clear. Tradition? It's much more than that, we are family on this planet earth and respect for each other, tolerance and love is all we need.

4.0 star rating Ira from Las Vegas, Nevada


From the start, I thought Tevye who ended up being quite good, was talking to quickly, missing important places for emphasis on several important places... did not use space as a dramatic opportunity. A slower more poignant presentation of lines for Tevya and Golda could have been useful. I have seen Fiddler at least 4-5 times. Love the play and have tears each time. GREAT Dancing.

3.0 star rating Rich and Karla from Denver, Colorado


Talk about the tale of two cities. The opening act was fabulous. Five stars. The second act? Good grief, we were both bored to death and could find no redeeming qualities at all. We SO wished I had left after the first act. That bad. For those going to the Buell in mid June, give serious consideration to leaving at intermission and save yourself 35-40 minutes of boredom. You'll beat the crowds leaving at the end of the play, the traffic, et al.

3.0 star rating Mary from Minneapolis, Minnesota


This play was the worst play I've seen in years. fiddler on the roof is a classic and one of our all-time favorites. We were underwhelmed by Tevye's performance. He lacked timing and emotion. We felt as though he rushed through the performance and there was no feelings in the songs that he sang. he got slightly better and at least tolerable in the second act. The rest of the cast held their own especially the female roles. We were going to buy my mother tickets in another state for Christmas and decided not to take the risk. Staging was great and the whole show could have then great had it not been for tevye's performance. It was closing night so maybe he just wanted to get out of there. Minneapolis Minnesota

3.0 star rating Kristy from Dallas, Texas


Really was looking forward to this show and was underwhelmed by the fast pace and the horrible Yenta. I really wanted her to be fabulous - but she was not in character at all. Her role is comedic and it was so flat and awful that it really brought down the quality of the entire show. I hate writing this! I loved the dancing and love the tailor Motel Camzoil was brilliant! Tevya was good but sometime I felt as if he were acting for TV not the theatre. He warmed up into his character in the 2nd act but went sharp on a few key notes.


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