May

11

 We were at an opening night revival of "Fiddler on The Roof" on Sat. It was performed by The Village Light Opera Group at their new venue in Pace U. in lower Manhattan, right near J & R. It's worth the trip. The glorious music and lyrics by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick are set to an original story by Sholem Aleichem. What this group brought to the stage was the energy and sensitivity which did justice to the underlying ideas.

The story's set in a Jewish village in 1905 Russia at the first dawning of revolutionary change. The simple narrative approach chosen by director Tony Spinosa allows the audience to experience the positive changes, followed by the emotional turmoil felt by the main characters as traditional values begin to slip away. It moved Iris to tears.

Mr. Spinosa is also a choreographer. He reproduced the original Broadway choreography by Jerome Robbins. The singing brought enhanced meaning to Harnick's lyrics. The fact that there were no show stopping performances was actually a plus because our attention was never distracted from the story. There are three more chances to catch this musical before it goes away.

Best wishes, Paul and Iris


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