January 18, 2002 |
Expectant applause greets the first, familiar strains of "Tradition." Many in the audience know the song by heart, as well as Tevye the milkman's coming pronouncement: "Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof." Few songs speak quite so directly to humankind's yearning for stability, so the song's return, in a show that is itself a tradition, is particularly welcome in these troubled times.
September 27, 1998 |
Listening to "Shadows on the Hudson," Isaac Bashevis Singer's novel about Jewish refugees, is like eavesdropping on a literary salon taking place within a soap opera, and one hates to hear it end. (Dove Audio, unabridged, four volumes of four cassettes each; each volume lasts six hours and costs $25. Available as a complete set for $79.95. Read by Theodore Bikel, Julie Harris and John Rubinstein; translated by Joseph Sherman.
December 17, 1996 |
Early on in his program at the University of Judaism's Gindi Auditorium Sunday, Theodore Bikel joked, "I hope that all of you went to adult Yiddish classes before coming here." Not to worry. Even though the multilingual Bikel sings in a pastiche of languages, including Yiddish, his universally humanistic message requires no translation. Now in his early 70s, Bikel remains a strikingly fit and vigorous man, with a magnificent baritone untouched by time.
March 10, 1995 |
Between matinee and evening performances of "Fiddler on the Roof" the other day, Theodore Bikel finally got a phone call in his dressing room in Charlotte, N.C. It took 15 minutes of phone tag, with the full modern panoply of pre-recorded menu and submenu instructions, and then having to rouse the house manager on a live emergency line to reach him. Bikel, who stars as Tevye, wasn't even trying to get away.
January 20, 1995 |
Theodore Bikel accepted a bouquet and briefly addressed the audience after his 1,200th performance as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Pantages Theatre Wednesday. Yet the evening was also a first. Strange but true: This was opening night of Bikel's first Tevye within the city of Los Angeles. He did the role for a week in Pasadena last year, and he maintains a home here. But somehow his Tevye had skipped over L.A. It was L.A.'s loss.