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Discussion in 'Hobby/Travel Forum' started by SaggyWoman, Apr 13, 2002.
Have you ever seen Fiddler on the roof? As a production or as screenplay? What did you think of it?
I have the video with Topal and others. I enjoy it every time I watch it.
I went to see the play the other night at Blumenthal with the man I am interested in. It was quite entertaining! I love watching Fiddler on the Roof.
Saw Fiddler with the original Broadway cast back in 71. Excellent. And loved the music.
Our ifb college where I taught did it, a commendable job, but did not cut the drinking/dancing scene which greatly upset some of our constituents.
I first just heard the music to it when I was really little (it was probably recorded from the play Dr. Bob saw as an adult ) and never saw it, until I got a video of it a few years ago. My grandmother said the video did an excellent job, looking exactly like they remembered things to be.
PS..am I the only one who finds it weird that people would want the drinking/dancing scene left out? Was the rest of what happened ok?
I am NOT that old!
I DID want the drunken dance scene out! That is about the most ungodly thing to find pleasure in.
I personally was disappointed that an ifb college would put on such a production. Can see Mollier, Shakespeare or even Agatha Christie as "secular" plays that are part of the culture; but thought the Sound of Music or Pirates of Penzanz might have been better for a small Bible College production.
+ The Robe, Two from Galilee, Beloved Physician and many other good Christian dramas could still give a spiritual outreach . . .
I love the music in it, too, and see that there are a lot of good sermon illustrations in it. .. . tradition . . for instance.
I played Avram the bookseller in our local community theater production.
The music is terrific, sad and hopeful at the same time.
One of my favorite Broadway musical songs is on Fiddler on the Roof.
"Do you love me?"
Fiddler on the Roof is probably one of the most outstanding plays and musicals of all time.
It is not a matter of parts of it 'being' cultural, but of explaining a clash of cultures, which is one of the major points of the show. It IS historical in generality and to ignore the drunken dance scene (between the butcher and Tevye, is, I think, the scene being referred to) is to ignore the significance of the pain these people lived with on a daily basis and their attempts to deal with it.
The story of the pogroms in Russia is a story that needs telling, not just because it is part of Russian history, but because it is part of human history and the fulfillment of God's prophetic warnings about what would happen to the people of Israel if they disobeyed Him.
It shows the flimsiness of Tradition in the face of human reality and drove home to the Christians I know the absolute need of the Reality of Christ rather than tradition to see us all through.
We have some favorite scenes, as I suppose everyone who has seen it does:
"If I Were a Rich Man" -- classic!
The moment of discussion when Tevye agrees with both sides of an opposing argument by saying to each, "You are RIGHT!" and when someone else points out to him that they can't both be right, we acknowledges, "You are right!"
And that incredible discussion between Tevye and the butcher when Tevye thinks they are discussing the sale of a cow and the butcher is rather referring to the marriage of the butcher to Tevye's eldest daughter.
"And what would I do with two?"
"Why, the same as you do with one!"
And the butcher's eyeballs just about fall on the floor...
And the touchingly beautiful scene between father and daughter at the railway station.
An incredible, incredible show...
Have the video set. Love it. Never saw it live,
I saw it in the theatre with my parents when it first came out.
I loved it, and am considering getting it on D.V.D.
I wonder if my whole perspective in liking it will change, now that I'm changing my perspective from the child to the parent? I need to see it again, I think.
Saw it the movies theater: 5 times!!!
Saw it on stage: 4 times!
Saw it on video till the tape wore out.
Thank God for DVD's