THEATRE REVIEW - Fiddler on the Roof

Paul Michael Glaser as Topol's Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof
Paul Michael Glaser as Topol's Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof

“IF I were a rich man” can mean only one thing. Tradition rules and everybody’s favourite musical Fiddler on the Roof is back on stage here in the north west. And it’s oh so very welcome.

The story – set in Tsarist Russian 1905 - certainly made Topol, the actor, a rich man, and this new version at The Lowry has another star attracting enthusiastic audiences. It’s none other than Mr Paul Michael Glaser, of TV’s yesteryear Starsky and Hutch fame, who plays the long suffering Jewish milkman with five wayward daughters to utter perfection.

Nor must we foget that Paul Michael was in the original “Fiddler” film, playing the part of Pershik.

With the dark nights almost here, this big, warm-hearted and, yes, superbly traditional musical, is never less than a feast for the eyes and ears. It’s a show with the feel good factor and amazingly most on stage actually play a musical instrument adding to the joy.

This new production, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, is, thankfully, a world away from the many musicals of today which are digitally enhanced and entertain in an atmosphere of make-believe fantasy.

The show bounces, an emotional and stylish theatrical roller-coaster and those familiar numbers bring back marvellous memories. Who could forget Sunrise, Sunset and Miracle


Without doubt, this is a “must see” musical, capturing the essence of the original production.

Fiddler on the Roof is on at The Lowry until November 2.