Fiddler on the Roof

September 14 — November 3, 2013
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Chris Coleman
Choreography by Kent Zimmerman
Musical Direction by Rick Lewis

Winner of nine Tony Awards and with a record-setting Broadway run, Fiddler has become an American classic. Tevye, the loquacious father of five daughters, fights to maintain his family and their traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with his strong-willed daughters—as each one’s choice of husband moves further from tradition—and with the edict of a tyrannical and unjust Tsar.

Performance times:
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon

View our Season Calendar for a full list of performances and dates.

The running time for Fiddler on the Roof is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.

Please Note: Children under age 6 are not permitted at PCS productions.

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Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.

Production blog

2013 Year in Review

2013 Year in Review

31 December 2013 & Posted by Alice Hodge

It’s that time of year.


Donor Event: Backstage Tour and Wine Reception

05 November 2013 & Posted by Russell Ihara

Inclement weather could not stop PCS members from enjoying a special wine reception and backstage tour of the Gerding Theater at the Armory.


Story from our Staff: A Russian Jewish Family Heritage

18 October 2013 & Posted by Alice Hodge

Patron Services representative Jeremy Garfinkel can trace both sides of his family back to Russian Jewish settlements just like the ones seen in Fiddler on the Roof.



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Reviews and Features

Bob Hicks | Oregon Arts Watch [Review 25 Sep 2013]

“Yes, the cast is excellent, and the design’s intriguing, and director Chris Coleman, a man with a deep feeling for the pleasures and possibilities of the musical theater, keeps the long story clipping at a brisk and rhythmic pace.”
“Director Coleman and Kent Zimmerman, who reproduced Jerome Robbins’ original choreography, have made sure the set pieces (think bottle dance) have plenty of room to shine.”

Jonathan Frochtzwajg | Portland Monthly [Review 25 Sep 2013]

“Fortunately, like our daredevil violinist, Chris Coleman has more than managed ‘to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck,’ doing justice to Fiddler with this faithful, tastefully staged, and capably performed production.”

Holly Johnson | The Oregonian [Review 25 Sep 2013]

“Intimate approach to Fiddler a welcome delight in a classic tale.”

“Director Chris Coleman creates impressive tableaux vivants.”

“[An] intimate approach keeps us glued to the story and its authenticity without ever taking us very far from the well-loved, well-known numbers such as ‘If I Were a Rich Man’, the lovely ‘Sabbath Prayer’ and ‘Tradition’.”

Rebecca Jacobson | Willamette Week [Review 25 Sep 2013]

“Warm and homespun…tugs on our desire for nostalgia while warning us of the dangers of insularity.”


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