Starsky and Hutch fans can rejoice once again as Paul Michael Glaser returns to the UK stage to portray the impoverished Jew, Tevye, in a new production of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Craig Revel Horwood.
This is the second time Glaser has appeared in the show, he was in the original and now classic 1971 movie musical, playing the rôle of the student and Bolshevik revoluntionary Perchick.
Executive producer for Music and Lyrics Ltd (team behind The King and I and High Soicety UK Tours) John Stalker said: “We are thrilled to welcome Paul Michael Glaser to the iconic and starring rôle of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. It is a part he has longed to play for years and that he has chosen to realise his dream in this new production from Craig Revel Horwood for Music &Lyrics is both humbling and tremendously exciting. Musical theatre lovers the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland are in for a very special treat and we expect demand for tickets to be high”.
Fiddler on the Roof follows the life of Tevye, the local milkman in his village of Anatevka, has always stuck by his traditions but suddenly his headstrong daughters decide that they want to marry for love rather than accept whatever Yente the Matchmaker comes up with. Tevye loves his daughters but has to convince his wife, and the villagers, that their decisions are actually falling in with tradition. Even if it means conjuring up ghosts of dead wives and scaring his own wife to bits in order to get her to agree. Tradition is all well and good but, in the end, the world moves on, as do the villagers but maybe not for the reasons they would have liked. Filled with memorable songs including;If I Were a Rich Man, Matchmaker Matchmaker, Sunrise Sunset, To Life, Tradition, this new revival looks like it is on course to set the stage alight.
Further casting is yet to be announced, but producers have announced its first 4 dates. Opening at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton (5th -14th September) then moves on to the Theatre Royal Newcastle (24th – 28th Sept), the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh (1st – 5th October) and down to Canterbury at the Marlow Theatre (5th – 9th November)