Not long after the fifth revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” closed on Broadway in 2015, its producers decided to recast the show with non-union actors and send it on a national tour to 32 cities.
Now in its second year on the road, which launched on Sept. 24, the cast and crew are working their way to Akron for a two-day stay before heading off to play the remainder of their 43-city schedule.
Israeli film and TV star Yehezkel Lazarov and Spaniard actress and singer Maite Uzal continue in their respective roles of Tevye and Golde, as will the actors playing Lazar Wolf, Yente and Hodel.
But Carly Post, a pint-sized Jewish junior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., joined the cast in August to play Bielke, the youngest of the couple’s five daughters. She is joined by 22 new cast members.
The Cleveland Jewish News caught up with Post between performances to get her perspective on what audience’s should expect when her show arrives at E.J. Thomas Hall on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16.
She was quick to note her perspective is a learned one considering that she performed in “Fiddler” in a youth theater production at age 9. When she auditioned, she got a call back for the role of Bielke – “My very first callback,” she recalled, though she ended up in the Anetevka ensemble.
She nailed the audition for the touring production, which happened shortly after final exams, and was called back the next day. She performed her final callback in front of the revival’s Broadway director, Bartlett Sher, and was offered the role five days later.
“It’s a beautiful show with an amazing cast,” she said, “and Yehezkel is a remarkable Tevye. He is a very funny man off stage and this sense of humor really informs every performance. He is also the father of three daughters, so he brings so much authenticity and fatherly love to the five of us on stage.”
When asked which of the “Fiddler” daughters she most takes after in real life, Post quickly chooses Chava – the third eldest daughter who falls in love and runs off with Fyedka, a Russian soldier – because of “her free spirit, imagination and desire to learn.”
When asked which daughter she would love to understudy, Post chooses Hodel – the second eldest daughter who becomes intrigued with the radical young student, Perchik. “Hodel has one of the best songs in the show, ‘Far From the Home I Love,’” she said, “and her dialogue is so powerful.”
“I can’t wait for the show to come to Akron,” she added, “if only for a few performances.”