Fiddler on the Roof - National Tour

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Longtime Fiddler on the Roof Star John Preece Never Tires of Classic Show

Despite playing the lead role of Tevye over 1,700 performances, John Preece has yet to tire of performing Fiddler on the Roof. Now in his tenth national tour of the musical, which will play Indianapolis’ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre March 6 through March 11, Preece recently spoke to about what keeps the role of the dairyman with five daughters so vibrant for him—the score.

“When I get out there and start going through the show, once that music starts and the opening number, ‘Tradition,’ begins, it fills me with a sense of responsibility and pride in what I’m doing,” Preece said. “I have never found it difficult to keep the show fresh. The script is too involved and contains too many emotions and situations to just walk through it.”

Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof centers on Tevye, a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. The score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick features the songs “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”

In addition to Preece, the show stars Pamela D. Chabora as Golde, Brooke Hills as Tzeitel, Sarah Sesler as Hodel, Chelsey LeBel as Chava, Andrew Boza as Motel, Barbi McGuire as Yente, Joshua Phan-Gruber as Perchik, Michael Shultz as Fyedka and David B. Springstead as Lazar Wolf.

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