February 2019 in Review

St. Louis

The first highlight of February was St. Louis. My mom and I went to see my grandma. St. Louis means a lot to me. Part of St. Louis included seeing Fiddler on the Roof at the gorgeous Fox Theatre. I only saw the movie of Fiddler on the Roof, but NEVER the stage show. St. Louis only was long weekend- a lot of the trip was spent inside. Never thought Fiddler on the Roof would start my musical year.

Lord of the Rings Films

Yes, this sounds like a crazy highlight. I fell in love with the series a while back. I wanted to watch the films, but the thing that held me back was the length of the films. This month I finally saw the trilogy- I am so glad I watched all three films. I am glad I did- I now want to own the trilogy films.

Miss Saigon

I did think Miss Saigon would start my musical year- instead it was Fiddler on the Roof. I discovered Miss Saigon through Les Mis- after all the music was written by the same people who brought you Les Mis. The musical made me feel love, joy, uncomfortable, fear, and heartbroken. I ended up forming a strong emotional connection to Kim and Chris- they are now a new musical theatre couple that I fell in love with. Now, there are songs that I keep on listening to. It is a good musical- if it wasn’t for Les Mis, I never would have seen Miss Saigon. I have come a long way since Les Mis.

Tradition-“Fiddler on the Roof ” Review

This was my 2nd time at the beautiful Fox Theatre in St. Louis. I previously fell in love with Fiddler on the Roof about March or February 2014 through the movie. On February 3rd, I saw the stage show- was looking forward to seeing how Fiddler on the Roof would play out on stage. I had previously seen Annie at the Fox Theatre in 2014 in the orchestra- for Fiddler, I was in the balcony- so it was so cool getting to experience the theatre from both views. I was able to really see just how beautiful the Fox truly is from the balcony point of view.

I loved Yehezkel Lazarov as Tevye. He had an amazing stage presence. The fact that his Tevye was amazing does say something about this Fiddler on the Roof. After all, Tevye is the main character in Fiddler on the Roof. He was amazing from the opening. I really loved his “If I Were a Rich Man”- he really shined in that number. Loved him throughout the entire show.

Ruthy Froch as Tzeitel, Natalie Powers as Hodel, and Danielle Allen as Chava were all amazing as Tevye’s eldest daughters. It really started to show during “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”. Natalie Powers’ version of “Far From the Home I Love” affected me in a deeper and more emotional way than it ever did. All three all showed that they have the desire to marry the ones the love (not the tradition that currently is in place).

Jesse Weil as Motel was an actor that was hard to fully know what to think of at first. Then when he sang “Miracle of Miracles”- I fell in love with his Motel- his singing voice was incredible. Sometimes you don’t know how amazing an actor is until a certain song.

Ryne Nardeechia as Perchik was incredible as well. He was the one who always wanted to do good. He did not like how the villagers were being treated by the Russians. You clearly saw this during Tzeitel’s wedding- when he intervened. His singing voice blended perfectly with Natalie during “Now I Have Everything”.

As for the ensemble- loved them. They were incredible in all of the group numbers. As for the sets- the sets flowed smoothly from one scene to another.