50 Years of “If I Was…”

The amazing play/movie musical Fiddler on the Roof ran for the first time in the year 1964. 50 years later, we’re still humming along with Tevye and his lot. I will admit that I have sung and danced a few times to the soundtrack from this story…and played my flute to the sheet music more times than that!

My Dad, a church of Christ minister and Biblical Studies Professor, has sung and shimmied Tevye’s famous lines in front of many different types and ages of audience…and has quoted the nightmare scene as well! My daughter, when she was an infant, spent a night in which the only time she would stop crying was when Fiddler was playing. As you can tell, my family has a history with this great production.

So when I was given a free copy of the 50th Anniversary Edition Script (with sheet music) in exchange for an honest review, I was worried that it would fall short of the show. Scripts, sheet music, and books often fall short when we already have that visual in place in our memories.

Luckily for me, the book exceeds expectations by a large margin. The illustrations and cover are gorgeous, the book is well put together, and my prior knowledge only enhances the experience of reading such a heart-string tugging story.

If you get the chance, watch, read, and listen to this great story whether for the first time or the fiftieth, and take a moment to appreciate the beauty, history, and effort that have molded together to bring a people and family to life. Then give a little shimmy and kick your legs up, the fiddler is at it again!

I give this book 5 out of 5 dragons!