Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Repertory Phils. restages 'Fiddler On The Roof'

To celebrate its 40th year, Repertory Philippines is restaging “Fiddler On The Roof” at Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati City.

“It will be nostalgia for many Rep subscribers and there is a whole generation that hasn’t seen this musical theater classic,” says director Baby Barredo. “Also, the message that it sends is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago. Besides, the music is some of the most memorable written for the stage and deserves to be heard again--sung, live, by the warm and funny characters of the story. Apparently both Broadway and West End feel the same way, because it has been revived over and over.”

Rep will introduce Tyler Allan Strand as Tevye, the happy milkman and father of five daughters who sings the popular song “If I Were A Rich Man.” Miguel Faustmann, one of Manila’s finest actors, alternates with him. Golde, his wife, will be played alternately by Joy Virata and Pinky Marquez, both seasoned musical theater actresses. Other roles will be played by rising young theater actors Niccolo Manahan, Cris Villonco, Vanessa Paolelli, Cara Barredo, Felix Rivera and Hans Eckstein. An exciting new talent, Siria Rutstein, makes her first appearance in Manila alternating with Samantha Sewell in the role of Tzeitel, the eldest daughter.

The leads will be supported by a strong ensemble of Rep actors, among them Jaime del Mundo, Bonggoy Manahan, Oliver Usison and Boyd Tinio. Violinist Farida Kabayao is The Fiddler. Baby Barredo herself makes a cameo appearance as Yente the Matchmaker alternating with Jay Glorioso.

Barredo and Robbie Guevara co-direct and Julie Borromeo choreographs. The music will be played by the Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Arturo Molina.

Rep's “Fiddler On The Roof,” written by Josepth Stein with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, runs November 9-December 16. Opening night will be sponsored by St. Joseph’s College, where it all began for Rep 40 years ago.

For ticket information, prices and show dates, call 8870710 or visit www.repertory-philippines.com. Tickets are also available at TicketWorld (tel. 8919999).


Annamanila said...

I saw the movie -- what a great, unforgettable musical. I love the songs, especially Sunrise, Sunset. And If I were a rich man very very rich man dabbadabba .... still echoes. Sino na nga yung famous author who played the lead? Ay naku. Pasensya na.

Annamanila said...

And I remember the "sagutan ng magasawa."

"Do you love me?"

"I wash your clothes, cook your food and you ask do you love me."

waaaah .. I want to see the play.

gibbs cadiz said...

ANNA, it was topol who played the lead in the movie, and zero mostel in the original broadway production. love the music too! i hope you do get to watch this. :)

beektur said...

i saw the 2006(?) revival of of this with harvey fierstein as tevye. he brought to the character his inimitable blend of chutzpah and panache, the crowd kept roaring with his spoken line. then three months after, i found out that rosie o'donnell played golde. i did not get to see that. but a gay and a lesbian playing a conservative jewish straight couple?! revolutionary, no? or a box-office strategy. the set (esp. the dream and prayer scenes) appromixates chagall. but i also remember jm rodriguez -- several pounds heavier and several years younger -- singing tevye's rich man in one of those rep phil's revues. he brought the house down. what happened to his stage career?

gibbs cadiz said...

hey BEEKTUR, jm rodriguez crossed over to mainstream entertainment as tv host, commercial model, etc. he still appears in rep every now and then, most recently as rolf in the sound of music. i hope he gets back to theater, because--if you ask me--it's where he belongs. :)

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