Fiddler on the Roof

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.

 

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