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Fiddler on the Roof – Critically Acclaimed as a Toast to Life

Fiddler on the Roof logoDecember 19, 2011

BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Winner of eleven Tony Awards, Fiddler on the Roof will land on the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage on Friday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m.

This widely appealing and touching show has won audiences’ hearts since 1965. Fiddler on the Roof, with its historical and ethnical storyline, reaches out to everyone with its fundamental theme of tradition that cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion. Only Fiddler on the Roof has magically woven music, dance, poignancy, and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience.

Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof has been lauded by critics again and again. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, which includes “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” Fiddler on the Roof is a timeless classic.

The story begins in 1905 in Russia where Tevye is attempting to live a normal life filled with Jewish traditions in a changing world. A humble milkman, Tevye is searching for appropriate husbands for his three eldest daughters - Tzeital, Hodel, and Chava. In a break of tradition, his daughters refuse to accept the wishes of the matchmaker, Yente, and their father. Instead, they wish to marry men that they love. Meanwhile, the Tsar has ordered that all Jews evacuate their homes and villagers begin their move away from Anatevka. Tevye is determined to start a better life in a new land, America.

Start your new tradition of attending the pre-show parties at the Mendel Center. The New Traditions Pre-show Party starts at 6 p.m. and features hot appetizers and an open bar of Michigan wines and an assortment of microbrews. Tickets for the pre-show party are $15 per person. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Tickets for the Fiddler on the Roof performance at the Mendel Center Mainstage are available by calling (269) 927-1221 or visiting Ticket pricing is $55 for Zone A, $50 for Zone B, and $45 for Zone C. Students (kindergarten through college) and seniors (60 and older) receive 10 percent off single-ticket prices. Groups of 20 or more receive a 15 percent savings on ticket prices. For further information about group rates and special arrangements, call the group coordinator at (269) 927-8109 or e-mail questions to

The Boulevard Inn and WNDU-TV are sponsoring the Fiddler on the Roof performance.

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The 1,517-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Other amenities include free, lighted parking; handicap accessibility (inside and out); and an array of special services.

The Mendel Center is just a short 30-minute drive from Niles and within a 40-minute drive of Kalamazoo or South Bend. It is located on the Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue campus in Benton Township, Michigan. The Mendel Center is on Napier Avenue one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24).

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