‘Fiddler on The Roof’ singalong: Kenneth Turan’s film pick


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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose (sort of), it’s got to be time once again for the ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ singalong dreamed up by the Laemmle theatrical chain.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 at the Music Hall in Beverly Hills, the Norman Jewison-directed adaptation of the Broadway musical will unspool for your vocal pleasure. Based on the classic Tevye stores of Sholem Aleichem, the Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musical was Broadway’s longest-running tuner for nearly 10 years.


The film version, with Isaac Stern’s violin on the soundtrack, won Oscars for Oswald Morris’ cinematography and John Williams’ score. Sing along with the irrepressible Topol and the irreplaceable Molly Picon with lyric sheets provided by the theater. Tell the truth, doesn’t ‘If I Were I Rich Man’ feel more appropriate every year?


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— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic