The beloved musical Fiddler On The Roof is back. Based on the short stories of Shalom Aleichem, Fiddler On The Roof gives us a view into Tsarist Russia and its effects on a poor and separated Jewish population. With music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, a rural, Siberian, pre-WWI peasant world is painted vividly for the viewer to see as much as hear.
From it's inception in 1964 we have been bestowed with such beloved musical passages as the Hassidic-influenced 'If I Were A Rich Man', 'Tradition' and 'Matchmaker'.
We are given a glimpse into the tiny village of Anetevka, where local milkman Tevye is finding suitors for his daughters. One of the central themes in Fiddler On The Roof is the flickering optimism underneath the surface of humanity in the face of imperialism and persecution that never ceases to exist even under the most dire circumstances. Issues such as the need for Tradition ('for without it, we would be as unstable, say, as a Fiddler On A Roof'), arranged marriages, political instability, forgiveness and revolution are central themes in this time honored classic.
As one of the most popular musicals to date, it is a historically informative and inspirational requirement for those versed in the musical genre. Having won 9 Tony Awards in 1965 and 3 Academy awards (for the film) in 1971, it leaves the viewer with little doubt that this is art distilled, and in its purest form, endearing and inspirational to the human heart.
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