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A singalong 'Fiddler on the Roof' for Christmas Eve

December 21, 2010 |  6:00 am

Fiddler_on_the_roof If your Christmas celebrations routinely consist of Chinese food and a movie, why not shake up tradition a little bit by participating in a singalong "Fiddler on the Roof"?

Laemmle's Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles will be hosting a singalong screening of the 1971 Norman Jewison film adaptation of the stage musical, starring Topol in the role of Tevye. The screening is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Christmas Eve. The movie theater said that lyric sheets will be provided so that all ticketholders "may participate with maximum gusto."

"Fiddler on the Roof" was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture and actor. It ultimately lost the best picture Oscar to "The French Connection" but won three awards for cinematography, sound and music scoring.

The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 1964, follows the inhabitants of a Russian shtetl on the eve of the revolution. Tevye, who works as a milkman, must contend with his rebellious daughters, who are rejecting the old ways of matchmaking in favor of following their hearts.

The songs, by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, include such now-classics as "Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset."

Last year, Topol performed the role of Tevye in a touring production of "Fiddler" that came to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The actor missed some of the performances due to illness, causing frustration among many ticketholders.

-- David Ng

Photo credit: MGM / UA


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