The best musical of my lifetime.
Released to theaters November 3, 1971 – when I was six-months old – this three-hour epic tracing the story of a Jewish family has deep personal meaning for me.
It also knocks the barn doors off with its rousing musical score.
I have tended to favor “weird” musicals like Reefer Madness and The Apple, which scratch a particular itch.
Fiddler, however, is unabashedly a straight-forward, traditional piece, and I couldn’t love it more.
It doesn’t shy from the horror of pogroms, or exile in Siberia, but ultimately is a soaring tribute to the power of hope.