‘Fiddler on the Roof’ comes to downtown Milford

MILFORD — Second Street Players proudly present “Fiddler on the Roof” by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick on May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows start at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or at the box office, call 800-838-3006. All performances will be held at the Riverfront Theater located at 2 S. Walnut St. in Milford.

 John Zinzi (Tevye) and Lorraine Steinhoff (Golde) take the stage with the Second Street Players and “Fiddler on the Roof” May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at the Riverfront Theater. Special to The Chronicle

John Zinzi (Tevye) and Lorraine Steinhoff (Golde) take the stage with the Second Street Players and “Fiddler on the Roof” May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at the Riverfront Theater. Special to The Chronicle

Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, “Fiddler on the Roof” is the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and book writer Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his wife and five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti- Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nation ality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. With iconic and beloved songs such as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” “Fiddler on the Roof” is the perfect mix of audience-pleasing humor and heart.

John Zinzi has been active on southern Delaware stages since retiring here from New York in 2008. “Fiddler on the Roof” holds particularly sweet memories for Mr. Zinzi as it was his very first stage show in 1985 when he played Lazar Wolf. He is beyond thrilled to be playing Tevye this time around at the Riverfront Theater.

Lorraine Steinhoff was seen most recently at the Riverfront Theater as Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd.” She performs throughout Kent and Sussex counties and her favorite roles include Tracy in “Hairspray,” Gertrude McFuzz in “Seussical,” Mother in “Ragtime,” and Christmas Eve in “Avenue Q.” She is thrilled to be reprising the role she played in 2004 with the Second Street Players.

Director Mark Dissinger has assembled a talented cast from all over the area that will have audiences laughing, crying, dancing and singing to all of the beloved songs that have made “Fiddler on the Roof” one of the most well known shows ever. For more information, visit secondstreetplayers. com.

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