It's 'Fiddler' for the holidays at Syracuse Stage

Fiddler on the Roof, the story of Tevye, the philosophical milkman and his strong-willed daughters, has been delighting audiences with its warmth, music and wit for more than 40 years. A tender, masterfully composed celebration of family, community, love and faith, Fiddler on the Roof, sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, is now running to Dec. 30.

Tevye can see that the world is changing. Young people everywhere are touching, dancing and heedlessly falling in love with whomever they like regardless of tradition, family and the rules of matchmaking. His own precious daughters choosing their own husbands and his horse loosing his shoe seem to be the worst of Tevye's troubles. But a storm is gathering, looming ominously on the once peaceful horizon of Tevye's beloved village. Pogroms, police violence against Jewish people, are breaking out all over the Russian countryside.

Synagogues are being ransacked and Jewish people evicted from their homes.

"May God bless and keep the czar," Tevye prays, "far away from us." Russia is teetering on the brink of revolution.

As the world around them turns to chaos, Tevye and his family warm themselves by the light of their traditions. Everyone in his tiny community, Tevye explains, is a fiddler on the roof. Each of them is desperately trying to pick out a pleasant melody though perched on a slippery, steep rooftop.

"And how do we keep our balance?" Tevye asks. "That I can tell you in one word. Tradition!" Though their situation is dangerous, they all continue living and loving and looking to the heavens for answers and meaning.

After making its debut in 1964, Fiddler soared to international, record-setting fame with more than 3,000 performances and nine Tony Awards out of 10 nominations. A classic of American musical theatre, Fiddler is a truly touching and enduring story told through memorable music, glorious dancing and bold characters. A poignant testimony to the strength and resilience of the human spirit, Fiddler on the Roof cannot be missed.

Tickets range in price from $16 to $48; children 13 to 18 are $20 and children 12 and under are $16. Discounts for senior citizens and groups available. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 443-3275 or visiting Syracuse Stage.org.

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