Mendel Mainstage presents ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Published 9:11 pm Wednesday, December 21, 2011

BENTON TOWNSHIP – Winner of 11 Tony Awards, “Fiddler on the Roof” will land on the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, the musical  has been lauded by critics again and again. With a score that includes “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Fiddler on the Roof” is a timeless classic.

The story begins in 1905 in Russia where Tevye is attempting to live a normal life filled with Jewish traditions in a changing world.  A humble milkman, Tevye is searching for appropriate husbands for his three eldest daughters — Tzeital, Hodel and Chava.  In a break fom tradition, his daughters refuse to accept the wishes of the matchmaker, Yente, and their father. Instead, they wish to marry men that they love. Meanwhile, the tsar has ordered that all Jews evacuate their homes, so Tevye is determined to start a better life in America.

The New Tradition Pre-show Party starts at 6 p.m. and features hot appetizers and an open bar of Michigan wines and an assortment of microbrews.  Tickets for the pre-party are $15 per person. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Call (269) 927-1221 for Mainstage tickets, which range from $45 to $55.