Media Monday–Fiddler on the Roof

This post is kind of a twofer, since we watched Fiddler last weekend on DVD and then went and saw it at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on Saturday.

Movie first:  Loved Tevye’s character, and Golda’s as well, and Tzeitel was my favorite daughter.  And Lazar Wolf, I would swear I’d seen him somewhere before, but I couldn’t find anything on IMDB.  Anyway, I really enjoyed this musical (especially Tevye’s If I Were a Rich Man) even if it was a bit long.  Because of the length (3 hrs), we decided to split it up into two nights.  The dance in the bar was awesome and the ending bittersweet.  For me, this was a rainy weekend movie, something you watch when you’d like to smile a little, and toward the end, you’ll probably cry a bit as well (in a good way).

Stage Version:  LOVED, loved, loved the stage version.  The performers were magical, and I couldn’t believe it’d been two hours by the time intermission came around.  Even knowing the last bit was going to be an hour, it sure didn’t seem like it!  There’s just something about having an orchestra and actual props being moved around that adds that much more to the experience.  I think one of the reasons I liked the stage version better was because I felt connected to the cast a LOT more, especially Tevye.  Watching it live, you get a much better idea of what’s supposed to be funny (and there’s a LOT of funny in this show).  I didn’t get that in the movie, it was more bittersweet.  Also, the end of the stage show is glorious, with hope on the horizon, whereas in the film, it ended so bleakly, I was kind of depressed, if that makes sense.

Anyway, if you get the chance to see the Broadway version, it’s totally worth your while!

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