Super Songs and Scenes from “Fiddler on the Roof”

August 3, 2020 6:20 pm

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The smash hit musical “Fiddler on the Roof” based on the book by Joseph Stein, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock opened on Broadway in 1964 and held the record for the longest running show for nearly ten years and went on to surpass 3,000 performances.  The musical set in Russia around 1905 features “Tevye” a proud Dairyman and his five wilful daughters who go against their Father’s strict Jewish, religious upbringing and want to marry for love.  The lives of the family are considered to be as precarious as the perch of a “Fidler on the Roof”  Unlike being up on a Flat Roof Repair Bristol that’s been expertly fixed by a company such as  https://www.aquagard-roofing.co.uk/roofing-services/flat-roofing-repair-bristol/.

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With super lyrics and strong accompanying music some of the songs from this incredibly popular show went on to become hits in their own right. “Sunrise Sunset” “If I were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” were probably the three most well-known hits.  The song “Tradition” that’s sung during the opening scenes of Act one, by “Tevye” as the family prepare for their important Sabbath meal is a strong, powerful way to start any show and the build up towards the exciting climax continues from there.

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The family endure conflict, being expelled from their homes and betrayal, to eventually escape from Russia and flee to Krakow and America.  The final scene is of Tevye and his two youngest daughters leaving their home village and the fiddler following them.