His second outing as Tevye, the Jewish milkman who clings to tradition while desperately trying to make sense of changing times, will be even more of a challenge as before, says actor Michael Richard, who portrayed the role a decade ago in a production directed by David Matheson with musical direction by Graham Scott.
Widely considered to be one of the best musicals ever produced, Fiddler is brought to the Nelson Mandela stage of the Johannesburg Civic Theatre from Saturday, 7th of July to Sunday, 19th of August by Packed House Productions, the producers of My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Soweto Story, by arrangement with DALRO in proud association with Absa.
This time round Richard is working with director Genna Lewis, who recently helmed Soweto Story for Packed House Productions. Adele Strombeck is the musical director and Eddie Clayton conducts an orchestra of 24 musicians. The choreography is by Shelley Adriaanze.
The star-studded cast including the chorus consists of 25 members, with stage veterans Judy Page (Golde), Rouel Beukes (Lazar Wolf), Mike Huff (Rabbi) and Neville Thomas (Constable) strutting their stuff. Tevye’s daughters are played by Michelle Botha (Tzeitel), Belinda Chapman (Bielke), Gemma Donnely (Hodel) and Marissa Bosman (Chava). Jolanda Becker is Lazar Wolf’s vengeful wife Fruma Sarah. Kristy Suttner embodies the ghostly Grandma Tzeitel in Tevye’s nightmare. Physical performer and mime expert Jacques van Jaarsveld is the agile fiddler of the title. Cobus Venter is Motel and Xander Steyn plays Nachum the beggar.