Friday, November 25, 2005
Went to the matinee today of "Fiddler on the Roof" starring Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O'Donnell.
The good news is this is such a strong show even Rosie O'Donnell couldn't ruin it. Fierstein made for an interesting "Tevye" and he certainly knows how to sell a song. But O'Donnell's singing isn't that great and she couldn't act her way out of a box. But it's a classic show and this is a beautiful production of it.
The most interesting moment came after the show was over. This time of the year most shows are collecting contributions for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by stationing cast members by the doors so audience members can make a donation on the way out. After the curtain call O'Donnell gave a speech explaining the fund-raising drive and asking for contributions. She really connected with the audience -- getting applause, cheering and laughter during her speech. And Fierstein, standing with the other actors behind O'Donnell, couldn't have seemed more miserable. He sure didn't seem to like someone else getting attention at "his" show. Finally he tried to cut her off by pointing out the cast needed time to eat before the next show began at 8:00 p.m.
No wonder they seemed so natural as a bickering couple.