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not just for this production, though I'll reveal the madness that ensued because of it, but can we please stop with casting SIXTY YEAR OLDS as Tevye? Tevye should be somewhere in his late thirties. Okay, Zero Mostel was 49 when Fiddler opened on Broadway, but the text of the play and historical background makes that just far past where the character would have been -- and note, when it came time for the movie, seven years later, they went with the 36-year old Topol... who then carried on playing it for over 40 years more (sigh).

So, yeah, personal fallout ... I'm 41, probably play a little younger -- maybe mid-30s. My wife's 35. We recently went out for Tevye and Golde. She absolutely crushed her competition. No question she was locked in, the disparity in talent was just out of the park. I got called back for Tevye... and for the Motel/Perchik/Fyedka pack. At forty-one. FORTY-ONE. I don't yet know which of the other Tevye candidates got cast, but they were all older than I was by at least 5-10 years on the calendar and 10+ in stage age.

So, while 6 years older than my wife, I'll be plauing Motel, her son-in-law. :1 Capped off with the lovely "you have 20 or 40 years left to play this part!" When then I'll be trying to win it over someone ELSE more age-appropriate. WTFever... gahhh.

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Tevye has 5 daughters... Thirties is too young..they aged Topol in the film. May feleing is he should be anywhere between 42-55.

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His oldest daughter is 19. This is expressed as getting old for marriage. He and Golde discuss how young they were at their marriage -- Chava and Hodel get married at approximately 17 and 15. How do you get 42, much less 55? Did they have really good birth control in Tsarist Russia?

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Motel is around 22..so even if Tevye were 22 when he married...he'd be 41.

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Salome wrote:
Motel is around 22..so even if Tevye were 22 when he married...he'd be 41.

More like 47, if he and Golde were married 25 years.


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Thanks Mark..case closed. 8-)

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Motel and Tzeitel were BABIES TOGETHER. What in that makes him 3 years older than she?

And if they married at 15, which is more in-line, makes him 40.

Which is a hell of a long way from 55.

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IF they married at 15..which tevye was probably older thna Golde anyway.
besides I dont think most actors have the stature and gravitas to pull off Tevye before they are 40 years old.

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Tevye might be around 40, but he worked his ass off all of his life. I believe that in the conditions he lived, he might look a little older than what he really is !
People did not lived old in Tsarist Russia ! They must look like 60 years old at 40.

Just found that : "Due to a high infant mortality and poor nutrition, the life expectancy at birth in Russia in 1900 was known to be very low"

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