Fiddler on the Roof [Original London Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

Fiddler on the Roof [Original London Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

by Chaim Topol
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Fiddler on the Roof [Original London Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

Despite the Broadway success of Fiddler on the Roof, the London production was a while in coming, not opening in the West End until February 16, 1967, almost 29 months after the New York premiere. When the show arrived, however, it became a major success, running 2,030 performances and becoming the ninth longest running musical in London history. The key difference from the New York version was Israeli actor Topol, who played the lead character, Tevye, in a far less humorous style than Zero Mostel had on Broadway. Perhaps more noticeable on record than on stage, and far more noticeable to American ears than English ones, Topol's unique mixed accent -- a cross between French and Hebrew speaking American English combined oddly with the many British accents of the other cast members, which themselves often seemed strange in this show. Granted, as in New York, the actors were pretending to be Russian Jews, but at least on Broadway everyone sounded like New York Jews. In London, the proper, upper-class tones of the actors sometimes added unfortunate flavorings to the portrayals, especially in the company of Topol. For example, in "Far From the Home I Love," Linda Gardner didn't sound so much like Topol's daughter as she did like a member of the royal family. That said, this cast album is really the one for people who like Topol, far superior to his somnolent performance in the film version. The 2001 CD reissue adds as bonus tracks a series of early sketches of tunes from the show performed by composer Jerry Bock that provide fascinating glimpses into the creative process. Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick also perform their first try at an opening number, "We Haven't Missed a Sabbath Yet," which contains a bridge that turned into the real opener, "Tradition."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998954625
catalogNumber: 89546
Rank: 3375

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chaim Topol   Primary Artist,Vocals
Sheldon Harnick   Vocals
Jerry Bock   Piano,Vocals
Jonathan Lynn   Vocals,Track Performer
Chaim Topol   Vocals,Track Performer
Tommy Abbott   Staging
George Little   Vocals
Paul Whitsun-Jones   Vocals
Miriam Karlin   Vocals
Linda Gardner   Vocals
Caryl Little   Vocals
Maurice Lane   Vocals
Heather Clifton   Vocals
Susan Paule   Vocals
Sandor Eles   Vocals
Cynthia Grenville   Vocals
Brian Hewitt-Jones   Vocals
George Little   Vocals
Fiddler on the Roof Cast Ensemble   Track Performer
Fiddler on the Roof Pit Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Lyricist
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes
Delroy Hines   Composer
Norman Newell   Producer,Original Album Producer
Winston Rodney   Composer
Rupert Willington   Composer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Milton Greene   Vocal Arrangements
Ken Fredette   Contributor,Art Direction
Don Walker   Orchestration
Sherlie Matthews   Liner Notes
Gareth Davies   Music Direction

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