HOUGHTON -- The Michigan Tech Theatre Company and Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra will present one of the most-loved Broadway musicals of all time, Fiddler on the Roof, at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday -- April 18 - 20 -- in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University.
Fiddler on the Roof is a timeless tale of a father trying to maintain traditions at odds with modern culture. The performance features music by Jerry Bock; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. It is based on "Tevye and his Daughters" (or "Tevye the Milkman" and Other Tales) by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives.
According to Director Roger Held, "Economic depression, threats of war, ethnic hatred and violence grab at Tevye’s shirt sleeve as he makes his way through the world caring for his family and horse, seeing his children married well, and dreaming of a better life. Tevye is 'every man,' every one of us who share hope, joy, and heartache."
Local radio personality Mark Wilcox makes his Tech Theatre Company debut in the lead role of Tevye. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances.
General admission is $18.75, and Michigan Tech students are free. To purchase tickets, call (906) 487-2073, go online at rozsa.mtu.edu, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC), 600 MacInnes Drive, in Houghton. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday and 12 noon - 8 p.m. on Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours and will only open two hours prior to show times.