August 12, 2009 |
During his ongoing tour of "Fiddler on the Roof" -- which launched in February in Wilmington, Del., closed Sunday at the Pantages, and opened Tuesday night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center -- star Chaim Topol, 73, has missed only six of 175 performances in his signature role of Tevye the dairyman. It's being billed as Topol's "Farewell Tour" in the part he has portrayed since age 30. Unfortunately, five of those missed performances were in Los Angeles, causing much consternation among local theater patrons who expected not just to see another production of "Fiddler" but also their idol Topol -- whose name was prominently billed above the title (that is, Topol in "Fiddler on the Roof")
July 25, 2009 |
There is theater, and there is history. The twain meets at the Pantages Theatre, where "Fiddler on the Roof," starring Topol, commences a 2 1/2 -week run as part of Topol's farewell tour. It's an undeniably historical occasion, an opportunity to see a living legend, now 73, reprise the role that he has played for more than 2,500 performances. First produced on Broadway in 1964, "Fiddler" features Jerry Bock's music, Sheldon Harnick's lyrics and Joseph Stein's book, based on the humorous folk stories of Sholem Aleichem.
July 21, 2009 |
Chaim Topol was so young when he starred as Tevye in the 1971 movie version of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" that he had to spend more than two hours in the makeup chair every day to transform himself into a middle-aged milkman. The makeup artist would even pluck gray whiskers from the beard of director Norman Jewison and glue them into Topol's eyebrows.
December 25, 2004 |
The Russian military successfully test-fired a mobile version of its top-of-the line Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile was fired from a mobile launcher at the Plesetsk launch pad in the northern region of Arkhangelsk and hit a designated target on a testing range on the far eastern Kamchatka peninsula, military officials said. The launch is expected to be the last of four test-firings of the Topol-M's mobile version before its deployment, which is expected next year.
December 23, 2003 |
Russia has deployed several of its top-of-the-line strategic nuclear missiles after a break caused by a funding shortage, and military officials presented ambitious plans Monday for building more potent weapons. "This is the most advanced, state-of-the-art missile in the world," Defense Minister Sergei B. Ivanov said in remarks broadcast on Russian television.
December 27, 2000 |
A third set of new intercontinental nuclear missiles was deployed in southwest Russia--part of the government's effort to make the hard-to-detect weapon the backbone of its nuclear forces. A regiment at the Tatishchevo base in the Saratov region was equipped with the Topol-M single-warhead missiles, a spokesman said. He did not say how many were deployed. The U.S. said it supported the deployment as part of an effort to replace missiles banned by the START II arms control treaty.