As Anita Norich writes in her astute discussion of the poem, it "quickly became a touchstone for Yiddish intellectuals in America faced with increasingly frightening news from Europe and seeking new ways to understand their relationship to modernity."(5'4) Tevye
's poetics of ambivalence presents a fascinating case of the reconfiguration of this relationship.
Glaser played young revolutionary Perchik in the hit film, years before his TV cop fame and now here he is at 70, playing the starring role of Tevye
I didn't choose the books; this was a national book series sponsored by Nextbook, and our theme was "Fathers and Daughters in Jewish Literature." We had started with Tevye
the Dairyman, and after a few other novels finally arrived at American Pastoral.
In this afterlife, Sholem Aleichem is all but indistinguishable to modern audiences from his most enduring creation: Tevye
the dairyman, he who has daidle-deedle-daidled his way through countless stage productions of Fiddler on the Roof from New York to Tokyo.
Bound for the Theatre Royal in Newcastle in September, Glaser takes the lead as Tevye
, the traditonalist at the heart of a story, set on a Jewish shtetl in 20th Century Tsarist Russia, about five daughters who rebel against having a matchmaker in favour of marrying for love.
Set in a small village in Russia at the turn of the 20th Century, when the Czar has ordered the Jewish people out of their villages, the story follows Tevye
, a milkman and father of five daughters, one of whom opposes the choosing of a husband from the village matchmaker and seeks not the stability of the wealthy village butcher, but the love of a poorer suitor.
Luke, a pupil at King David High, in Childwall, has reached new heights after a commanding performance as Tevye
in his school's production of Fiddler on the Roof.
But Joe's main influence has come from a different source for his latest role, the Jewish dairyman Tevye
, who dreams of riches, respect and a quiet family life.
Recently I was reminded of one of my favorite scenes from the musical "Fiddler on the Roof." Tevye
, a poor Russian milkman, is listening to an argument between his longtime villager friend, and Perchik, a young revolutionary student.
Set in Tsarist Russia, it features Tevye
, a poor milk man with five daughters.
So when he was asked to star as Tevye
in a new stage version, he was surprised to find himself smiling along to the script.
In that respect, Joe is similar to Tevye
, the character he plays in a new version of Fiddler On The Roof, which hits the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham this week.