I had the incredible pleasure of seeing the new revival Of Fiddler On The Roof back in January. It is one of the freshest, most entertaining Broadway shows I have seen in a very long time.
With that being said, you might be a Fiddler On The Roof fan if…
- You don’t have to be Jewish or have familial roots in Eastern Europe to recognize the human relationships or the human stories enfolding on stage.
- If you had any control over the Tony Awards in June, you would automatically give Danny Burnstein the award for Best Actor in a musical.
- You recognize the contemporary nature of the narrative, especially with the current refugee crisis in Syria.
- If you have a sister or a brother, you understand the relationship between Tevye’s daughters.
- You have purchased the soundtrack, which has instantly wormed itself into your brain and has not left.
- You are sad that the last episode of Motel Citizen premiered tonight.
- If you are Jewish and your ancestors have come from Eastern Europe, you are bursting with nachas (pride) that the revival is a success.
- You have seen this revival at least once (or twice) and would eagerly go again.
- As a woman, looking back at the lives of Golde, her daughters and the women of Anatevka, you appreciate that what you can accomplish goes beyond the traditional roles of marriage and motherhood.
- Even though you may know the story inside out, you are wishing that for once, the story would have ended differently.
- Knowing the history of 20th century Europe, you wince at Tzeitel and Motel moving to Warsaw and you hope that if a sequel to Fiddler existed, that they would have left Europe before World War II.
- And finally, you adore this musical.
It can sometimes be said that charm, when used by a child is all the arsenal that is needed.
In the 1991 movie, Curly Sue, Bill Dancer (James Belushi) is a homeless man with a good heart who runs a con game with a most charming and adorable companion: Curly Sue (Alisan Porter).
Their latest target is Grey Ellison (Kelly Lynch). Bill convinces Grey that she has run over him with her car. Racked by guilt, Grey invites Bill and Curly Sue into her home for the night. Seeing the girl in a fatherly light, Bill decides to leave his young companion with Grey in hopes of securing Curly Sue’s future with a loving and supportive home. But Curly Sue is one smart little girl and has other plans in mind.
I have vague memories of this film as a child. There is a charm to this film that makes it stand out. The characters could have easily been written as one-dimensional stereotypes. But writer/director John Hughes, being one of the great writer/directors of the past forty years, understands how to write a compelling plot and create entertaining characters.
And if writing this post was not enough to make me feel old, Alisan Porter auditioned for a spot on The Voice. Who knew the little girl who played Curly Sue 25 years ago could sing like that?
My blog is four years old today.
It’s been an experience.
It is often said that change does not happen overnight, it takes time and sometimes a few mistakes.
I read somewhere that there are around 2 million blog posts published every day.
While my blog may not have the amount of followers or as many hits as other blogs do, I appreciate the readers who have taken time out of their busy day to read what I have written.
Thank you to my readers and enjoy your weekend.