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Fiddler on the Roof Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 67

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3.0 star rating Debra Jeffs-Grad from Seattle, Washington

NOT THE GREATEST

Others have said toned down production. That is an understatement. All costumes in light autumn colors. All= sisters, mother,Yenta, Russians, sets. Hard to tell characters apart. Dancing very good, but also very repetitive. Do not understand all the floppy arms. Singers pitchy. Still high energy and fun.

3.0 star rating Lynn from Salt Lake City, Utah

PHONING IT IN

I've seen Fiddler on the Roof several times produced on various levels from high schools productions on up. This was my least favorite of them all. Maybe because I just expected something more. The dream scene was far too sterile and bland with singing that was too pretty. The voices in the various duets very rarely sounded like they fit together. Some of the male voices appeared to be outside of their range and low notes were barely audible. The blending of chorus voices was non existent with some singers staring notes before others, and others holding notes longer than others and everyone trying to out-sing each other. It really just seemed like they fine tuned everything before the tour started and haven't really worked on it again since. The orchestra and dancing were great!

3.0 star rating Camilla from Lexington, Kentucky

DISAPPOINTED

I saw Fiddler on the Roof in Lexington 8 yrs ago with my daughter and LOVED IT! I was so excited about sharing this experience again with my husband last night and was sorely disappointed. The props were sparse and the acting was no better than a High School Drama production. The accents were OFF! I give 3 stars for this unprofessional production.

3.0 star rating K Cunningham from Springfield, Missouri

SLOW

seemed really slow, like all the pauses were longer than they needed to be and the songs slower than they needed to be. It just seemed like they were unnecessarily stretching it out. The singing and dancing numbers were very good. Set design was also very good

3.0 star rating Tiwania Barnes from Springfield, Missouri

OVERALL OKAY.

Hammond Hall can do better than this. With the exception of the Seidel character, I could not hear the players well unless they were looking directly into the audience. The Yenta was especially hard to hear. The Mosul player lacked the energy required for some scenes and I couldn’t hear the opening dialog at all. Dancers performed well. Sets were sparse and relied upon the one house (tent) too much. It was great but not enough. The last scene was awkward. Finally, I’m a a huge advocate for 1A , however, I PAID TO BE ENTERTAINED. We wanted to enjoy the play. I did not pay for, expect or appreciate the political views of marginal performers. I’m sorry to see this.

3.0 star rating Jerry K from San Francisco , California

FIDDLER, SAN FRANCISCO

Cast was excellent and delivered an outstanding performance. That being said I was totally unimpressed with what I can only describe as a “Readers Digest” version of this all time great show. If you went not knowing the storyline you left the same way! If “reimagining” means a lack of scenery and abbreviation of the story then the stage has lost its glory. Cutting costs is understandable but ticket prices haven’t been cut. As for the theater itself, it’s shameful to see how dirty the venue has become. The neighborhood is overrun with homeless and deranged people. Excrement, used needles , and filth everywhere. It’s not safe to walk those streets. For a city that derives its income primarily from tourism, it’s no wonder that visitors are staying away.

3.0 star rating Anonymous from Millburn, New Jersey.

MEH

I have seen Fiddler three times, once with my adolescent son as the tailor and twice in yiddish, within the last few years. This production, which I saw last night, December 6, 2023, pales by comparison with those three. Tevya reminds me of Danny Davito, not exactly what I expected in this role. The daughters are strong actresses as is Goldi. The orchestra is underwhelming. I got $40 tickets in the orchestra through TDF and, even at that, felt disappointed in the show. The material of the musical itself remains wonderful and, almost sadly, timeless.

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