“Tradition! Tradition!” With those two words, I hear music in my head. My family was – is – big on musicals. I remember there were many Friday nights when my sister and I would stay up watching “Fiddler on the Roof.” It’s a long musical so we had to switch video cassettes halfway through the musical. It was right after the dream sequence for those of you who are familiar with the musical. I count Fiddler on the Roof as one of my top 5 musicals.
Fiddler on the Roof is based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, and written by Joseph Stein. It is the story of a hardworking Jewish milkman, Tevye, who clings to his faith and tradition. He lives in Anatevka, a small city in Russia, in 1905. He has five daughters – no sons – and tries to marry them off through the local matchmaker. Each of his daughters force their more modern ideas of love (and the world) upon Tevye and he has to decide if he will change, too.
Random House recently published the book for this musical, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premiere. I found myself quoting along as I read the script. It is such a classic musical that I enjoyed reading the script. I was also surprised – and pleased – to see there is a revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” planned for 2015. If you haven’t seen – or read – Fiddler on the Roof, I highly recommend you do so.
Please note that I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.