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‘Fiddler’ opens in Basalt

Stewart Oksenhorn
The Aspen Times

Michael Faas/The Aspen TimesObadiah Jones plays Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," opening Thursday at Basalt Middle School.

BASALT – Joseph Stein was hardly the best-known contributor to the American stage. Yet Stein, who died last month at the age of 98, may have made the most indelible and enduring Broadway story to his credit.

It was Stein who took the writings of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and turned them into the story for “Fiddler on the Roof.” With music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, “Fiddler” has become one of the best-loved musicals ever – funny, heartbreaking and, despite its setting in a Jewish shtetl in early 20th century Russia, universal. Its characters (Tevye, Yente) are as memorable as its songs (“Sunrise, Sunset”; “If I Were a Rich Man”).

Any production is worthy of attention – even when the world-weary and -wise Tevye is played by a high school senior. Teenager Obadiah Jones stars when Jayne Gottlieb Productions stages its “Fiddler,” Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 18-20, at Basalt Middle School. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

stewart@aspentimes.com

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