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'Fiddler' brings award-winning show

Courtesy photoTheatre in the Grove will kick off its fall season Friday, Oct. 9, with the Tony award-winning musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” The production is directed and choreographed by Melanie Shaw, with music and vocal direction by Michelle Bahr, costuming by Jeanna VanDyke and stage management by Lynda Irons.

The play is based on a short story by Sholem Aleichem, “Tevye and His Daughters.”

Set in a small Jewish village in 1905, the play — written by Joseph Stein — follows the story of dairyman Tevye and his attempts to preserve his family’s traditions in an ever changing world. Tevye’s daughter, Tzeitel, wants to marry a poor tailor instead of a middle-aged butcher her father arranged for her marriage. As a result, Tevye is torn between choosing his daughter’s happiness and his culture’s beloved traditions.

The show first debuted at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway Sept. 22, 1964, and ran 3,242 times, allowing the musical to claim the title for longest-running musical in 1972. It was also one of the first Broadway musicals to deal with serious issues like persecution, poverty and desperately clinging to one’s beliefs.

“Fiddler on the Roof” boasts nine Tony Awards under its belt, as well as awards for its author, producer, choreographer, costume design and composer and lyricist. It claimed another Tony Award in 1991 for Best Revival of a Musical.

In 1971, it enjoyed success in the film industry and was nominated for Best Picture and took home three Academy Awards.

The show runs at the Theatre in the Grove from Oct. 9-25. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. matinee showings on Sundays. Tickets are $14 for adults, and $12 for seniors/youth.

For more information, call 503-359-5349, or visit the theatre’s website at theatreinthegrove.org, where tickets can be reserved online.