“Fiddler on the Roof,” often called the most beloved musical of all time, opens Jan. 9 at The Palms Theatre in Mesa. It runs through Feb. 15.

A celebration of life and its challenges set in 1905 Russia, “Fiddler” is the story of dairyman Tevye and his attempts to preserve his family’s traditions in a changing world.

Most tickets include a buffet meal with the show. Entrees include honey-orange chicken, salmon, pot roast, pasta, stuffed cabbage and bourbon-glazed ham. Sides, a salad bar and dessert buffet are included, along with iced tea, hot tea and coffee. On Saturday evenings, a new à la carte menu is also offered.

In the musical, Tevye’s daughter Tzeitel wants to marry a poor tailor instead of the middle-aged butcher her father has chosen for her in the tradition of arranged marriages. Trying to maintain balance — like a fiddler on a roof — Tevye is forced to choose between his daughter’s happiness and his culture’s beloved traditions.

The Palms Theatre production features Robert Summers as the dairyman who has ongoing respectful debates with the God. Valley favorite Kathi Osborne plays Golde. “Fiddler on the Roof” first appeared on Broadway in 1964 and swept the Tony Awards with nine “Best” nods. In 1991, it won another Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

The film adaptation was released in 1971 and won three Oscars and the Golden Globe for Best Picture.



If you go

What: “Fiddler on the Roof”

When: Runs Jan. 9 through Feb. 15. Matinees start at 11:45 a.m. for lunch followed by a 1:15 p.m. performance. Evening shows include a 5:30 p.m. dinner and 7:30 p.m. show. Sunday Twilight engagements feature a 5:30 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. performance.

Where: The Palms Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa

Cost: $47 for matinees; $49 Sunday through Friday evenings; $54 Saturday evenings $54. Tickets include meal. Show-only seating is $30, or $35 for premium seats.

Information: (480) 924-6260 or ThePalmsTheatre.com Dinner and a show.

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