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Raise the Roof 

Wednesday, Jun 10 2009
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In 1964, Zero Mostel opined from a Broadway stage that if he were a rich man, he'd fill his yard with "chicks and turkeys and geese and ducks for the town to see and hear." Forty years later, Gwen Stefani declared that if she were a rich girl, she'd "clean out Vivienne Westwood in my Galliano gown." But it was the 1971 movie that sealed Fiddler on the Roof’s place in pop-culture history. Make a crack about your empty pockets, and expect someone to start humming “If I Were a Rich Man”; decry your single status, and some wag is sure to break into “Matchmaker.” Thus it was only a matter of time until Fiddler received the sing-along treatment, a tradition that started with The Rocky Horror Picture Show and spread to films like The Sound of Music and Mamma Mia! And Fiddler, set in a small Jewish community in Tsarist Russia, is all about tradition. At A Fiddler on the Roof Sing-a-long, attendees are encouraged to rock shtetl style: Men, dust off your vests and modest white blouses. Ladies, find a headscarf that matches your floor-length peasant gown.
Thu., June 18, 6 p.m., 2009

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