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Fiddler Comes to the Regent Stage

By Amanda Morad | April 18, 2013

Fiddler on the Roof opens on the Regent stage April 19.
Image by Alex Perry

One of the most riveting musicals to ever grace Broadway is coming to the Regent University stage Friday, April 19.

Fiddler on the Roof has maintained popularity throughout the years for its music, themes, and brilliant portrayal of Jewish culture. But director and professional-in-residence Mark Paladini has gone the extra mile to ensure cultural authenticity for the Regent production.

"When my family first came to Virginia Beach from Hollywood in 2005, one of my best friends in L.A. connected us with his cousin, Alene Jo Kaufman, director of the Strelitz Early Childhood Center, a division of the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater," Paladini explained. "She has been our Jewish Culture Advisor for several plays we've produced and has outdone herself on this one."

Paladini's collaboration with Kaufman was inspired by their friendship, and eventually resulted in Kaufman's consultation during rehearsals and her contribution of several key props and costume pieces that have added realism to the details of the show. "This production is a success due to Alene Jo Kaufman's commitment to share the wealth of her knowledge with others," Paladini said. "She has been an inspiration to us all."

Fiddler on the Roof runs April 19-21 and April 26-28, with shows at 7:30 p.m. each night and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Purchase tickets through the Box Office.

Through such unforgettable songs as "If I Were a Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset," Fiddler's main character, Tevye, teaches his five daughters about the enduring bonds of faith, family and tradition. As declared by Broadway.com, "No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience."

The show is based on the Sholem Aleichem story Tevye and his Daughters, with the book written by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. The original New York Stage production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

Purchase tickets through the Box Office.


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