My iPod — January 2016

35 Albums, 694 Songs, 1.6 Days, 4.07 GB

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On the Other Hand: Sex, Death, and Fiddler on the Roof

“I’m not trying to make a statement about it, but art can help us imagine it, and I would love it if families left the theater debating it.” — Bartlett Sher, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Gets a Debated Update (The New York Times, Michael Paulson)

What an invitation.

It’s been said before that all plays are about sex and/or death. A theory difficult to disprove. Arguably, Fiddler on the Roof, a masterfully written musical exploring the stories of Tevye the Dairyman, is focused on the latter of the two. Death, however, in this new Broadway production directed by Bartlett Sher, seems more cozy than unsettling.

In the darkness of a train station clearly marked “ANATEVKA,” a man in a red jacket stands, reading from a book. As he paces, a familiar violin cry is heard in the distance. Hearing this, the man removes his coat, unravels his tzitzit, and places a kippah on his head. This man, we soon learn, is Tevye.

So who is this man in the red jacket? A descendant of Tevye’s learning his family’s history? The modern-day Jew facing oppression and retracing his origins? How, in fact, does this man connect to this story?

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Christmas Eve in New York

I made it.

I flew to New York by myself (first time flying alone!) and I am here in my Aunt’s apartment relaxing. It is Christmas Eve and toasty and warm. How ridiculous.

I’m going to see Al Silber in Fiddler on the Roof. I’m going to see Michael Arden and Dane Laffrey’s production of Spring Awakening. If all goes well, I’m going to see Sydney James Harcourt in Hamilton (again [oops]).

I love this city. I’m so in love with the horrible smell and subways and the crazy people. I must be out of my mind.

I’m so nervous and excited for this trip, but I just know it’s going to be magical. Merry Christmas.

Who wants the worry, the noise, the dirt, the heat?
Who wants the garbage cans clanging in the street?
Suddenly I do.

— “Opening Doors”, Merrily We Roll Along


Out With the New, In With the Old?

Yes, the time has come. The Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will close in September. While the show did not flop by any means (it holds the record for the longest-running musical at the Belasco!) it is still a loss of a great story finally being told in the mainstream. Hopefully, the tour they have announced will be as successful as its Broadway counterpart. Thank you, Hedwig, for showing this Wicked Little Town something beautiful and new.

More casting was announced for the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, which will start previews in November and open in December. This is one of Broadway’s most beloved classics, and Bartlett Sher will do great things with it, I’m sure. The cast is shaping up quite nicely, some of my favorite choices being Alexandra Silber as Tzietel and Adam Kantor as Motel. Oh, did I mention that the incredible force that is Danny Burstein will be playing Tevye? The Lord is protecting and defending us, that’s for sure. A blessing on our head indeed.

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How Lucky We Are To Be Alive Right Now: Hamilton and the Future of Original Musicals

If you have not heard about Hamilton yet, I do not believe you. The show is a work of true passion from the mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote and starred in In The Heights, as he does in Hamilton. After seeing the show Monday, I believe Hamilton has the potential to change the future of the type of musicals we see on Broadway. Why? It could very easily inspire a new wave of successful, original musicals.

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