Proud to have been a part of seven (SEVEN!!) of the productions listed in this lovely, flattering, and well-summed article.
Alright, no surprise that my iTunes library and regular music listening schedule is mostly showtunes. There’s a lot of really incredible music in these musicals, I’m telling you. But I love, love, LOVE(!!) Musical Theatre Cover Albums. So, even though no one asked for it, here’s my list of TOP 10 MUSICAL THEATRE COVER ALBUMS.
I’m on a bus back from Chicago Unifieds. My legs are asleep, I’ve used over 75% of my family’s data plan, and I’m very tired.
But I had SO MUCH FUN.
35 Albums, 694 Songs, 1.6 Days, 4.07 GB
“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?