‘Fiddler on the Roof’ opens in Long Beach

LONG BEACH – The Long Beach Playhouse closes its mainstage season each year with a musical. This year, it will present the popular classic “Fiddler on the Roof.” Set in 1905 Czarist Russia, it tells the story of Tevye, a humble dairy farmer and his quest to find suitable mates for his five daughters.

Despite his efforts, the daughters are feeling the influences of a world beyond the village.

The production is directed by Phyllis Gitlin and marks her 33rd time in the director’s chair at the Playhouse. Nathanial Brown is musical director, his first production at the Playhouse.

The actors, 24 in all, are a mix of Playhouse veterans and rookies. The cast includes two Millikan High School students.

Making her Playhouse debut is Mariyah Duffie, the youngest member of the cast who plays Tevye’s youngest daughter. Although young, she is not without theater experience, having performed in “The Sound of Music,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Hairspray.”

“All of our actors are outstanding,” said executive director Andrew Vonderschmitt. “Whether this is their first time on our stage or their fifth, they bring the talent and energy to making this a memorable experience for the audience.”

“Fiddler on the Roof” first opened in 1964. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won nine. In 1971, it was made into a movie.

The production opens July 12 and plays through Aug. 16. Tickets are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors and $14 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at lbplayhouse.org or by calling (562) 494-1014.



Published: July 10, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 13