‘Fiddler on the Roof’ teaches life lessons to the next generation

The holiday season marks the perfect time to spend the night out at the theater with the family. 

“Fiddler on the Roof” is finally back in Chicago, and while you might have watched the original 1971 movie many times before, watching the classic on stage brings a whole new experience that even the kids will enjoy. 

Taking place at a Russian village in the early 20th century, Tevye, a poor milkman, explains his Jewish community and why tradition is important to them. However, he faces the changing times when the matchmaker finds husbands for his five daughters and trouble occurs in the town. 

The dynamic cast in this version of “Fiddler on the Roof” is what makes these characters feel timeless and special. Yehezkel Lazarov adds his own charm as Tevye in numbers like “Tradition” and “If I Were A Rich Man” where you can feel his energy bounce off to the audience. Then, there’s his strong-willed wife Golde (Maite Uzal), who still delights the crowd with her deadpan humor.

There are also the three daughters (Mel Weyn, Ruthy Froch and Natalie Powers) who are filled with so much hope in “Matchmaker.” They get a chance to find their own love and, not to mention, the actresses have great chemistry with their respective male counterparts (Jesse Weil, Ryne Nardecchia and Joshua Logan Alexander).

Of course, the choreography stands out in the musical where family members of all ages will enjoy. The ensemble remains lively while staying traditional in the dance—and get ready to be amazed by the famous bottle dance. We recommend the show for kids ages 6 and older, and it’s a great introduction to a classic musical piece. If you’re looking for fun things to do during winter break, add “Fiddler on the Roof” to your list!

If you go

“Fiddler on the Roof”

Through Jan. 6

Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago

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