The story — known as ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ tells of a man — by the name of Tevye — and his three daughters. This is a story that touches the heart of nearly everyone who hears or sees it. This story is based in old time Russia back in the early 1900s. The main struggle, throughout the entire story, is of Tevye and him trying to protect his families beliefs (religious, political, and more).
As you can see, based on the religious nature of the story, this was an emotional time for Tevye, make this an emotional tale as well. Tevye has five daughters, three of which are the focus of Fiddler on the Roof. Throughout the story, Tevye is forced to deal with their actions and the fact that they are straying from the way they were raised and his beliefs. To make things even worse, Tevye later has to deal with the Tsar, which is responsible for driving Jews out of the village.
As far as Broadway shows go, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ was one of the longest standing performances in history. Additionally, the overall essence of the stage was breath taking — to say the least. An ‘old-time’ Russian, Jewish artist, by the name of Marc Chagall, was the inspiration behind every scene. Each set was inspired by his paintings giving every scene that touch of reality that makes ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ even more touching.
The very first showing was back on September 22, 1964 and ran for over 3,200 showings. Performers, along with the show itself, have won numerous awards; awards like Best Costume Designer, Musical, Director, and even a unique award for having the most showings on Broadway. It was only 7 years later the film was released, telling the same story, which also won three Academy awards.
Due to the inspiration for the scenery, Marc Chagall, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ definitely has an “old-fashioned” look to it. Those who are put off by this appearance are missing out on one of the greatest stories of all times. Due to the time period that this story was derived, the old-time look brings it to life. Audiences and fans, of all ages, have been known to be touched by this story, whether seen live or in the theatre. Don’t let the aged appearance turn you away, as you will surely regret it.
Many shows, today, catch your attention because of the integrated “flashiness” of technology. You will not; however, find this anywhere during ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. That is not what this performance is about, whether on stage or on the big screen; you will see down to earth characters walking you — realistically – through the story. Even the music, even though different and old, is just as catch as some of todays music.
In order to ensure that they grabbed the attention of all ages, the producers took music like “Rick Girl”, by Gwen Stefani, and used that s their inspirations. Therefore, audience members enjoy a combination of modern, old, and catchy all in one show. This is one of those performances that will open your eyes and heart; it’s worth a couple of hours out of your busy schedules.
In 2004 there was another release of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, which — unfortunately — turned many away from the production. Sammy Dallas Bayes, today’s director, has fought hard to get the production the attention it deserves. He has recaptured the very essence of the story and is able to portray that on the stage — once again. This is a once in a lifetime experience, young or old. Take the time to allow yourself to be completely embraced by this breath taking story of a man and his family back in the 1900s.
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