‘FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’
FRIDAY 11/25-SUNDAY 11/27. Robinson Center. $34-$91.
When it comes to Broadway musicals, few productions are as lauded as the 1964 smash hit “Fiddler on the Roof.” This month, the Tony Award-winning story of Tevye the milkman’s struggle to maintain his family’s traditional Jewish religious and cultural lifestyle in the wake of encroaching modern influences comes to the Robinson Center stage. Revived for the fifth time in 2015, this production of “Fiddler” from director Bartlett Sher benefits from authenticity brought by Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter, while still retaining the raucous energy of the show’s original run. Seasoned audiences and newcomers alike will struggle to keep from singing along to show-stopping numbers like “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were a Rich Man.” It’s been a long wait for patrons who bought tickets for the production’s originally scheduled January performances, but the immortal classic tale of family, faith and communal identity is certainly worth the delay — and worth celebrating. In Tevye’s words, “L’chaim! To life!