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Trivia / Fiddler on the Roof

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  • Creator Cameo: For one of the bonus tracks on the 2018 Yiddish cast album, Sheldon Harnick sings the role of Lazar Wolf on the Cut Song "A Butcher's Soul".
  • Cut Song: Quite a few. But the remnants of one, "We've Never Missed a Sabbath Yet", can be heard in the scene change between "Tradition" and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker".
  • Dawson Casting: Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, and Motel in the film and most stage productions, though justified by the demands of their roles.
    • Also, believe it or not, Chaim Topol was only 30 years old when he portrayed the 50+-year-old Tevye. Lots of makeup was used to make him look older.
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  • Playing Against Type: One production of the show from 2006 starred the very openly gay and flamboyant Harvey Fierstein as the traditionally masculine and stern Tevya.
  • Quote Source: For Both Sides Have a Point and It Sucks to Be the Chosen One.
  • Role Reprisal: The 2018 cast album of the Yiddish off-Broadway production includes several newly recorded Cut Songs (in English). "Dear Sweet Sewing Machine", previously recorded for the 2016 revival cast album with minimal orchestration, appears fully orchestrated sung by Austin Pendleton and Joanna Merlin, the original Motel and Tzeitel, respectively.
  • Troubled Production: The original Broadway show suffered from numerous cast members, especially Zero Mostel, clashing with choreographer Jerome Robbins due to his estrangement from his Jewish heritage (he had been disowned by his family for marrying a non-Jewish woman), and having named names to HUAAC.
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  • What Could Have Been: 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 West Side Story. (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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