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This review is from: Fiddler on the Roof (2004 Broadway Revival Cast) (Audio CD)
Let's face it...Zero Mostel IS Tevye. The same as Merman was Rose in GYPSY. With that said, Alfred Molina turns in a surprisingly good performance...at least on record. When the musical opened his personal reviews were ho hum but a few months later, when the recording was made, he has made the part his own.
Technically this revival is far superior to the 1964 recording. Wisely, a lot more dialogue was included and quite a bit of dance music.
As Golde, Randy Graff, a Broadway veteran, gives a nice performance. Nancy Opel, as Yente, is funny and on the spot.
Most of the actors were vocally great. But it is Molina who carries the show. His is a subtler Tevye than Mostel's. In fact, his scenes are more touching and warm.
This is definitely a plus to any musical theatre library.