Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway

A Review

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The theater arts class took a trip to see Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. It is a powerful play that holds two very different stories. Both take place in a small Jewish village in Russia. To the Jews who live there, tradition is everything. The first story is about the daughters of a poor farmer who go against the tradition of arranged marriage. This has an impact on the farmer. He is both happy to see his daughters happy and,at the same time, ashamed of breaking his traditions. The second story tells about how the village is slowly being affected by the Holocaust. It ends with the village being evacuated by Russian officers.

 

Overall, I adored this musical. The characters had emotional layers which helped me become attached to them. There was imperfection in all of the characters which made them relatable. The writing of the play also really fit in with the time period and was bettered even further by the incredible acting of the cast. The sets were incredible. Broadway sets never fail to amaze me, but these were simple, incredibly accurate, and believable. The choreography went very well with the script. It consisted of many traditional Jewish dances with a few modern twists, which was very entertaining to watch. The lighting, too, was something that amazed me. It is usually overlooked but it is usually one of the key ways of conveying a specific mood, which it did quite well.

 

This musical made me laugh and cry. It was such a sweet and powerful story that was brilliantly converted into a musical with amazing actors playing amazing characters. Even though this production ended on Broadway, it was definitely worth seeing.

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