By Emily Ford (on STUFF)…

John Bower likens performing in a musical to that of a rugby test match.

He and his fellow cast members might be bracing a stage rather than a field, but it takes teamwork and good moves to nail the beloved show Fiddler on the Roof, he says.

Bower is playing the title character of the father, Tevye, in Manukau Performing Arts’ April production of the 1964 musical in south Auckland.

He expects audiences to be laughing one minute and reduced to tears the next, and says the timeless show is still relevant today.

Fiddler on the Roof, which follows Tevye’s relationship with his five daughters alongside their Jewish traditions, marks Bower’s second return to the stage in 20 years.

He performed regularly in the 90s but put it on the back seat for years before returning to play the father in last year’s In the Heights, also with Manukau Performing Arts.

“It was like returning home, it was wonderful . . . I love being part of this community, everyone looks out for each other. It’s a real blessing.”

Fiddler on the Roof runs from April 21 to May 5 at Spotlight Theatre in Papatoetoe, with tickets available at iTicket.

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