This is a big show, with big songs, that is big on heart, writes Tim Cotton.
Director-choreographer Craig Revel Horwood’s Fiddler on the Roof is a triumph, due in no small part to Paul Michael Glaser’s subtle interpretation of Tevye.
Here he plays the impoverished milkman as a much-loved wise village elder, who while ostensibly trying to cling on to tradition, realises that it is impossible to stop the tide of change intruding upon the tiny Russian village of Anatevka.
The Starsky and Hutch star’s Tevye is a world away from the barnstorming of the film version’s Topol and Henry Goodman, who was in the production at The Crucible eight years ago.
Glaser, who is 71 next week, brings out the humour of the character with knowing looks and facial expressions, steering well clear of caricature.
But he’s still obviously got his Starsky twinkle.
During the epilogue, a woman of a certain age was on her feet in the front row applauding as her idol looked out from the front of the stage.
Revel Horwood demands a lot of his fantastic cast.
They act, sing, dance and play musical instruments – brilliantly.
Glaser played the student Perchik in the 1971 film.
He is now the master actor who everyone else can learn from.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Paul Michael Glaser’s chat with digital editor Graham Walker - talking about his Fiddler On The Roof role and why he wasn’t a fan of the red and white striped cop car he loved to wreck.