Fiddler on the Roof [2004 Broadway Revival Cast]

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It takes a brave man to step into the shoes of the larger-than-life performers who have embodied the character of Tevye, the theatrical focus of the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. The fine British actor Alfred Molina is a such a brave man, and his flair for the role is apparent even on the cast album. The music, it goes without saying, could not be stronger. Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock's score is filled with such brilliant numbers as "Sunrise Sunset," "Tradition," "Far from the Home I Love," "Matchmaker Matchmaker," and "Do You Love Me." Molina grabs hold of his featured songs, including the showstopper "If I Were a Rich Man," and delivers them with all the skill and heart they deserve. The memory...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
It takes a brave man to step into the shoes of the larger-than-life performers who have embodied the character of Tevye, the theatrical focus of the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. The fine British actor Alfred Molina is a such a brave man, and his flair for the role is apparent even on the cast album. The music, it goes without saying, could not be stronger. Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock's score is filled with such brilliant numbers as "Sunrise Sunset," "Tradition," "Far from the Home I Love," "Matchmaker Matchmaker," and "Do You Love Me." Molina grabs hold of his featured songs, including the showstopper "If I Were a Rich Man," and delivers them with all the skill and heart they deserve. The memory of Zero Mostel and the other memorable Tevyes may always remain, but Molina has earned a place among the elite.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director David Leveaux, in his liner notes to this, the cast album for the 2004 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, speaks of the necessity of revisiting the show 40 years after its inaugural production "as if we were staging" it "for the first time," rather than just trying to replicate the earlier triumph. It's a noble ambition and calls to mind previous attempts to re-imagine classic musicals, especially by British directors, such as Nicholas Hytner's celebrated hard-edged interpretation of Carousel in the early '90s. Fiddler on the Roof seems ripe for a similar approach that would strip it of its sentimentality and focus on the breakdown of Jewish culture in the face of modern secularism and the genocidal tendencies of the Russians who persecute the Jews in the story. The casting of British actor Alfred Molina, who is not known for musicals, in the lead role of Tevye, might have contributed to such an interpretation. In practice, however, Leveaux's Fiddler was greeted as a misstep, and in large part due to Molina. As heard here, he adopts an American accent and largely disappears into the story, giving nothing like the outsize performance of such predecessors as Zero Mostel. This choice is typical of a production that seems to withdraw from the ethnicity of the show in the name of making it seem more realistic, a choice that made many audience members complain it was "not Jewish enough." On disc, it simply isn't distinctive enough to compete with the original Broadway cast album of 1964, to which it inevitably must be compared. It may be, as a press release claims, "the most complete version of Fiddler available on CD," with a running time in excess of 72 minutes, and it boasts a newly written, if unnecessary, song, "Topsy-Turvy" (ably sung by Nancy Opel in the character of Yente, the Matchmaker), that marks a reunion for composer Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. But those are its chief attributes, which will appeal to completists. Fiddler on the Roof deserves to be reinterpreted some day; this version is not the reinterpretation it needs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • UPC: 803607042028
  • Catalog Number: 420
  • Sales rank: 8,696

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. Tradition (7:33)
  2. 2 Act 1. Matchmaker - Tricia Paoluccio (4:21)
  3. 3 Act 1. If I Were a Rich Man (5:13)
  4. 4 Act 1. Sabbath Prayer (2:47)
  5. 5 Act 1. To Life - David Ayers (4:20)
  6. 6 Act 1. To Life - Dance (1:53)
  7. 7 Act 1. Tevye's Monologue - John Cariani (3:08)
  8. 8 Act 1. Miracle of Miracles - John Cariani (2:14)
  9. 9 Act 1. Tevye's Dream (6:30)
  10. 10 Act 1. Wedding Procession - The Orchestra (0:59)
  11. 11 Act 1. Sunrise, Sunset (3:31)
  12. 12 Act 1. Wedding Dance (4:13)
  13. 13 Act 2. Now I Have Everything - Robert Petkoff (2:09)
  14. 14 Act 2. Now I Have Everything - Robert Petkoff (0:49)
  15. 15 Act 2. Tevye's Monologue (Reprise) - Robert Petkoff (2:52)
  16. 16 Act 2. Do You Love Me? (3:19)
  17. 17 Act 2. Topsy-Turvy - Marsha Waterbury (3:23)
  18. 18 Act 2. Far from the Home I Love - Laura Michelle Kelly (3:57)
  19. 19 Act 2. Chavaleh - Tricia Paoluccio (3:25)
  20. 20 Act 2. Anatevka (2:43)
  21. 21 Act 2. The Leave-Taking - Lea Michele (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alfred Molina Primary Artist, Vocals, cast
Billy Miller Percussion, Drums
Martin Agee Concert Master
Roger Rosen cast
Andrew Sterman Clarinet, Flute, Soloist
Heidi Stubner Violin
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Wayne duMaine Trumpet
Debra Shufelt Viola
Philip Hoffman Vocals, cast
Maxine Roach Viola
Antoine Silverman Violin
Randy Graff Vocals, cast
Sean Curley Vocals, cast
Matthew Dine Oboe
Gregory Utzig Guitar, Mandolin, Lute
Bruce Winant Vocals, cast
David Wohl Vocals, cast
Marc Goldberg Bassoon
Nancy Opel Vocals, cast
Stephen Lee Anderson Vocals, cast
Peter Donovan Bass
Larry Di Bello French Horn
Sally Murphy Vocals, cast
Conrad Harris Violin
Mark Lotito Vocals, cast
Jonathan Sharp Vocals, cast
Brian Miller Flute
Joy Hermalyn Vocals, cast
Timothy Schadt Trumpet
Martha Hyde Clarinet, Flute
Kevin Stites Conductor
Gina Lamparella cast
Nicolas Danielson Fiddle
Lisa Albrecht Trombone, Euphonium
Peter Sachon Cello
Laura Michelle Kelly Vocals, cast
Randy Bobish Vocals, cast
David Ayers cast
John Cariani Vocals, cast
Rita Harvey Vocals, cast
Molly Ephraim Vocals, cast
David Best cast
Stephen Ward Billeisen Vocals, cast
Melissa Bohon Vocals, cast
Enrique Brown Vocals, cast
Yusef Bulos Vocals, cast
Charles du Chateau Cello
Chris Ghelfi Vocals, cast
Keith Kühl Vocals, cast
Jeff Lewis cast
Elaine Lord Accordion, Celeste
Lea Michele Vocals, cast
Tricia Paoluccio Vocals, cast
Robert Petkoff Vocals, cast
Craig Ramsay Vocals, cast
Joseph Reardon Trumpet
David Rossmer Vocals, cast
Peter Schoettler French Horn
Haviland Stillwell Vocals, cast
Barbara Tirrell Vocals, cast
Tom Titone Vocals, cast
Michael Tommer Vocals, cast
Francis Toumbakaris Vocals, cast
Marsha Waterbury Vocals, cast
Gustavo Wons cast
Keith Stites Conductor
David Ayers Vocals
Fiddler on the Roof Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nick Danielson Fiddle
Charles DuChateau Background Music
Jeffrey Lewis Vocals
Technical Credits
Sheldon Harnick Composer, Lyricist
Jerry Bock Composer
Philip Chaffin Executive Producer
Tommy Krasker Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Joe Lambert Mastering
Tom Lazarus Engineer, Engineering
Jerome Robbins Choreographer, Production Director
Joseph Stein Liner Notes, Author
Jason Gaines Liner Notes, Editorial Coordinator
Larry Hochman Orchestration
Bart Migal Engineer
Wayne Wolfe Liner Notes, Synopsis
Don Walker Orchestration
David Brian Brown Wig Designer
Jim Carnahan Casting
David Leveaux Director, Liner Notes
Vicki Mortimer Costume Design
Kevin Stites Arranger
Gregg Arst Company Manager
Joseph Gaines Editorial Coordinator, Synopsis
Wayne Wolfe Liner Notes
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