The big difference between a great amateur production and a great professional production is often the dancing. The amateurs look like they are counting each step: the professionals look like this is just the way they move, even when they are doing the splits five feet in the air!
Of course there are other differences, but to me this is the big one.
Last evening’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Scott Wentworth as Tevye, was absolutely outstanding. It relied on great singing, dancing and acting, although it had a lovely minimalist set. Wentworth was born to play this part. People who saw the highly regarded Brent Carver version from 1995, and loved it, were blown away by Wentworth’s version.
He had a great supporting cast, including Kate Hennig as Golde, Jackelyn French as Hodel, Mike Nadajewski as Perchik, Paul Nolan as Fyedka, and Sam Moses as The Rabbi. Special mention should be made of the Fiddler, Anna Atkinson.
Donna Feore, the director and choreographer hit all the right notes. It is hard to imagine a better production of this musical. Definitely a standing ovation!