Area Theaters Collaborate in Celebrating 50 years of Fiddler on the Roof
To mark the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest musicals in history, Austin Jewish Repertory Theater and Trinity Street Players will come together to present Fiddler on the Roof starting August 2nd at Trinity Street Theater, located at 901 Trinity Street in downtown Austin.
Written by Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof was based on Sholem Aleichem’s short story Tevye and His Daughters. First performed on Broadway in 1964, the production earned nine Tony Awards, became the first musical in history to exceed 3,000 performances, and grew to be a global cultural icon. The blockbuster’s classic songs including “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” and “Matchmaker” were witten by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.
Fiddler on the Roof centers on a poor Russian milkman named Tevye who struggles as his daughters fall in love and attempts to maintain his family values and their Jewish religious traditions in a time of exceptional change. As ethnic violence and modern dreams threaten their community, faith, and traditions, Teyve clings to the security of his old-fashioned ways.
The musical is directed by Adam Roberts, Austin Jewish Repertory Theater’s Artistic Director, and features a multi-talented cast of actors, singers, dancers, and musicians.
Taking cues from the Chagall painting that inspired the musical’s title, the set will consist of a living art installation by artists Clara Foster Newby, Lyle Adair, Hank Waddell, Melanie Lewis, Lydia Apelgren, Richard Ewen, and Tatiana Nikolova-Houston. Together, in this intimate frame, audience and actors will experience both the joy of revered traditions and the pain of change.
Performances are Saturdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 8 pm, Sundays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 2 pm, and Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 8 pm. Admission is FREE, but reservations may be made at trinitystreetplayers.com/reservations or by calling 512-402-3086. Donations are encouraged.
Trinity Street Players
Trinity Street Players is an all-volunteer, nonprofit community theater committed to providing high-quality, thought-provoking, and entertaining stage productions in the heart of downtown Austin. We believe in making the arts accessible and relevant, and welcome all who share a passion for creating and experiencing the transformative power of the theater.