“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.
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