If you’re in South Florida and looking for some family entertainment this weekend, check out the Miami Acting Company’s production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Banyan Bowl in Pinecrest Gardens. This legendary musical that opened fifty years ago once held the record as the longest-running show on Broadway. This production runs tonight through Sunday, so go already.
I attended the final dress rehearsal last night (which explains the dearth of posts this morning) and it looks good to go with a strong cast, a good-sized orchestra, and a very nice set that was assembled by a dedicated crew of skilled (if uncredited) carpenters last Sunday just out of range of the pouring rain.
This is not my first trip to the shtetl. In 1972 the University of Miami Ring Theatre did Fiddler on the Roof. Tevye was played by Ernie Sabella and the cast also included Gail Edwards and yours truly as the Russian priest. I had one scene behind a scrim. But to quote the immortal Avery Schreiber, there are no small parts, just short pay.