History Theatre / FiddlerOnTheRoof

16th Jul '16 6:11:49 AM Saveelich
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The original Broadway production starred Zero Mostel in the role that would make him famous, but producer-director Creator/NormanJewison refused to cast him in the movie, feeling that his performance was too over the top, and chose Chaim Topol, star of the London production, instead. Mostel was so pissed off at the rejection, that when his son, Josh Mostel, later received a phone call from Jewison, offering him the role of King Herod in ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'', for which he accepted, Mostel reportedly retorted, "Tell him to hire Topol's son, instead." The movie was released in 1971. Originally, Jerome Robbins, the director-choreographer of the original musical, had shown an interest in directing the film as well, but the production company, Mirisch Pictures, refused to even consider the idea, due to the difficulties they had when Robbins was assigned to co-direct and choreograph ''Theatre/WestSideStory''. (Robbins had spent so much time shooting and re-shooting scenes in his quest for perfection, that by the time he had completed about 60% of the picture, the film had gone $1,000,000 over budget and six months behind schedule. He was summarily fired from the film shoot and producer and co-director Robert Wise completed the film alone.)

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The original Broadway production starred Zero Mostel in the role that would make him famous, but producer-director Creator/NormanJewison refused to cast him in the movie, feeling that his performance was too over the top, and chose Chaim Topol, Creator/ChaimTopol, star of the London production, instead. Mostel was so pissed off at the rejection, that when his son, Josh Mostel, later received a phone call from Jewison, offering him the role of King Herod in ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'', for which he accepted, Mostel reportedly retorted, "Tell him to hire Topol's son, instead." The movie was released in 1971. Originally, Jerome Robbins, the director-choreographer of the original musical, had shown an interest in directing the film as well, but the production company, Mirisch Pictures, refused to even consider the idea, due to the difficulties they had when Robbins was assigned to co-direct and choreograph ''Theatre/WestSideStory''. (Robbins had spent so much time shooting and re-shooting scenes in his quest for perfection, that by the time he had completed about 60% of the picture, the film had gone $1,000,000 over budget and six months behind schedule. He was summarily fired from the film shoot and producer and co-director Robert Wise completed the film alone.)
13th Jul '16 3:15:57 PM jewishenjolras
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* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: Adapted from Arnold Perl's play ''Tevye and his Daughters'', which was adapted from the Sholem Aleichem's original collection of short stories entitled ''Tevye the Dairyman''.
29th Jun '16 10:26:52 AM mcgrew
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* LongLastLook: The cast sings "Anatevka" as they prepare to leave their village.
25th Jun '16 2:23:35 PM Jeduthun
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* ConspicuousConsumption: Tevye fantasizes about how extravagantly he would live if he were a rich man.


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** Tevye is actually very pleased when Motel snaps and yells in his face, as it proves he has become man enough to argue back.
25th Jun '16 2:09:12 PM Jeduthun
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* OldManMarryingAChild: It's a plot point that it's not uncommon for this to happen due to ArrangedMarriage, as mocked in the song "Matchmaker, Matchmaker." [[spoiler:Tzeitel]] gets betrothed to a man who is actually older than her own father [[spoiler:but fortunately for her, Tevye changes his mind and lets her marry for love]].
31st May '16 5:22:11 AM Doug86
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* BittersweetEnding: The Jews of Anatevka may have been forced to leave Russia entirely, but at least they got out alive, and in time to avoid WorldWarOne and the [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]]. Apart from those eight years of warfare wrecking the economy and killing a tenth of a population of the entire Empire, the latter was known for its ''even more'' violent pogroms against Russian Jews committed by the the Reds and Whites (the Greens opposed them, but were too weak to stop them happening). On the other hand, those of them who went to Poland not only would've had the frontlines move through the country thrice (once in the World War, twice in the Polish-Soviet War), but [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany later, well]]... As for Tevye and his family, his three daughters are married (not in the way he expected, though), and the fiddler follows them away, as does the traditions it symbolizes.[[note]] In some productions, Tevye leaves the fiddler behind.[[/note]]

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* BittersweetEnding: The Jews of Anatevka may have been forced to leave Russia entirely, but at least they got out alive, and in time to avoid WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and the [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]]. Apart from those eight years of warfare wrecking the economy and killing a tenth of a population of the entire Empire, the latter was known for its ''even more'' violent pogroms against Russian Jews committed by the the Reds and Whites (the Greens opposed them, but were too weak to stop them happening). On the other hand, those of them who went to Poland not only would've had the frontlines move through the country thrice (once in the World War, twice in the Polish-Soviet War), but [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany later, well]]... As for Tevye and his family, his three daughters are married (not in the way he expected, though), and the fiddler follows them away, as does the traditions it symbolizes.[[note]] In some productions, Tevye leaves the fiddler behind.[[/note]]
12th Apr '16 1:50:53 PM vifetoile
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* BittersweetEnding: The Jews of Anatevka may have been forced to leave Russia entirely, but at least they got out alive, and in time to avoid WorldWarOne and the [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]]. Apart from those eight years of warfare wrecking the economy and killing a tenth of a population of the entire Empire, the latter was known for its ''even more'' violent pogroms against Russian Jews committed by the the Reds and Whites (the Greens opposed them, but were too weak to stop them happening). On the other hand, those of them who went to Poland not only would've had the frontlines move through the country thrice (once in the World War, twice in the Polish-Soviet War), but [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany later, well]]... Anyhow, Tevye also got all his daughters married (not in the way he expected, though), and the fiddler follows them away, as does the traditions it symbolizes.[[note]] In some productions, Tevye leaves the fiddler behind.[[/note]]

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* BittersweetEnding: The Jews of Anatevka may have been forced to leave Russia entirely, but at least they got out alive, and in time to avoid WorldWarOne and the [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]]. Apart from those eight years of warfare wrecking the economy and killing a tenth of a population of the entire Empire, the latter was known for its ''even more'' violent pogroms against Russian Jews committed by the the Reds and Whites (the Greens opposed them, but were too weak to stop them happening). On the other hand, those of them who went to Poland not only would've had the frontlines move through the country thrice (once in the World War, twice in the Polish-Soviet War), but [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany later, well]]... Anyhow, As for Tevye also got all and his family, his three daughters are married (not in the way he expected, though), and the fiddler follows them away, as does the traditions it symbolizes.[[note]] In some productions, Tevye leaves the fiddler behind.[[/note]]


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* YiddishAsASecondLanguage
11th Mar '16 4:12:21 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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'''''Fiddler on the Roof''''' is a popular musical from the 1960s, based on a set of stories by Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (pen name for Solomon Rabinovich).

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'''''Fiddler ''Fiddler on the Roof''''' Roof'' is a popular musical from the 1960s, based on a set of stories by Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (pen name for Solomon Rabinovich).
5th Feb '16 4:04:58 PM allium
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Set in the fictional ''shtetl'' of Anatevka, in the Pale of Settlement of the Russian Empire, just before the Revolution of 1905, it tells the story of Tevye, a milkman with five daughters: Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Schprintze, and Bielke. The plot centers on Tevye and Golde's efforts to find husbands for their daughters, but their daughters break tradition by marrying for love rather than having their marriages arranged by Yente, the town matchmaker.

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Set in the fictional ''shtetl'' of Anatevka, in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_of_Settlement Pale of Settlement Settlement]] of the Russian Empire, just before the Revolution of 1905, it tells the story of Tevye, a milkman with five daughters: Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Schprintze, and Bielke. The plot centers on Tevye and Golde's efforts to find husbands for their daughters, but their daughters break tradition by marrying for love rather than having their marriages arranged by Yente, the town matchmaker.
5th Feb '16 2:42:18 AM cinnabar
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*** In ''Yiddish'', however, it ''is'' pronounced like "laser" (and often transcribed as Leyzer).
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