The only way to understand why big-ass Broadway-style musicals are so popular is to see one of them in big-ass Broadway style: performed live on stage, with lusty vocals, a nimble dance corps, and an honest-to-God orchestra playing the score. That's the philosophy of Scottsdale Musical Theater Company, and it's why you might want to go ahead and see the troupe's production of Fiddler on the Roof even if you've seen the play before and kind of know how it goes (Russian Jews, willful daughters, Tsarist oppression -- tradition!).
Several beloved Valley thespians are showing off their triple-threatness in this extravaganza, directed by David Hock and running through Sunday, August 19, at the Dorrance Auditorium of Phoenix Country Day School. Adam Stich, Scottsdale Community College's choral music director, helms the 20-piece orchestra, and Jerome Robbins' original choreography has been reproduced by Elizabeth Oates.