When I was in highschool I went to a very small charter school. Christian men and women ran the school and taught here. One of my favorite teachers said her name came from the story Fiddler on the Roof. So naturally I thought maybe this book/ play is one of those Christian stories that I am more than likely never in my life going to read.
So going through my list of available books on blogging for books this week I spent soooooo much time debating what to choose. I saw fiddler on the roof and thought…. ” Maybe it isn’t what I thought it was.” So I spent hours reading reviews and thoughts on the book. To anyone who doesn’t know what this book is about I’ll give you a brief book summary.
Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Imperial Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.
The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run. It remains Broadway’s sixteenth longest-running show in history. The production was extraordinarily profitable and highly acclaimed. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning nine, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It spawned four Broadway revivals, a highly successful 1971 film adaptation, and the show has enjoyed enduring international popularity. It is also a very popular choice for school and community productions.
Pros: Heartwarming Story, well written, classic.
Cons: written in a playwright form in almost every version you can get.
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