November 7, 1999 |
Much may have changed in New York City politics in the decades since the namesake of the 1959 Broadway musical "Fiorello!" governed the city. But the attributes that define a strong musical-theater hero--just like those that define a stellar civic leader--are still the same.
October 24, 1987 |
Like a fine Swiss watch, a fine musical ensemble is a model of precision and elegance; each musician is part of a synergetic and remarkably efficient whole. The Moscow Virtuosi, currently on its first American tour, certainly meets that standard. At Ambassador Auditorium on Thursday evening, the 20 musicians, under the leadership of founder Vladimir Spivakov, not only played with precision but brought extraordinary depth and feeling to music by Bach, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.
February 8, 1999 |
He's up there sawing away on his violin again, intermittently even in sync with the real violinist in the pit. He's been doing it for 3 1/2 decades, and it looks as though he'll keep it up through eternity. Many musicals are getting to be like operas, revived frequently and filling theaters as though they'd just opened.
July 21, 2009 |
Chaim Topol was so young when he starred as Tevye in the 1971 movie version of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" that he had to spend more than two hours in the makeup chair every day to transform himself into a middle-aged milkman. The makeup artist would even pluck gray whiskers from the beard of director Norman Jewison and glue them into Topol's eyebrows.
December 18, 2013 |
Two kinds of cinematic traditions can be celebrated in the coming weeks, starting with the annual Christmas Eve "Fiddler on the Roof" sing-along dreamed up by the Laemmle chain and now expanding to no less than six theaters. The Broadway musical, based on the classic Tevye stories by preeminent Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, was made into an Oscar-winning film (for Oswald Morris' cinematography and John Williams' score) in 1971 that boasts Isaac Stern playing violin on the soundtrack.