Fiddler on the Roof/YMMV
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- Adorkable - Motel. 'Nuff said.
- Crowning Music of Awesome - A lot of it. Particularly worth mentioning, in the film adaptation the overture includes a long, virtuosic violin cadenza performed by Isaac Stern.
- "Sunrise, Sunset" is still performed at weddings to this day.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming - Do You Love Me
- Ear Worm: "Tradition" (especially the fiddle solo), "L'Chaim", "If I Were a Rich Man", and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" are probably the worst.
- Fridge Horror: At the end of the play there's a sad undercurrent, because Hodel and Perchik will apparently remain in deepest Siberia instead of escaping to Krakow like Chava and Fyedka. Then you remember that this takes place about 35 years before the Holocaust, and realize that Chava and her children will likely end up gassed in Auschwitz while Hodel and Perchik may very well survive.
- Possibly, but you forget that Siberia was not left untouched by persecution either: in the Civil War, it would be fought over by both the Red Army under Trotsky (who, contrary to popular belief, would casually endorse a pogrom or two once in a while to help "purify" the "counterrevolutionary influences"), and the White army under Kolchak (who, if anything, was even worse in that regard). While it is quite possible that they would escape notice by not being near the railroad, they aren't likely to enjoy themselves either.
- Just to complete the picure, if Anatevka existed, there's a good chance it's within the radius of territory rendered uninhabitable by Chernobyl.
- .....You know, let's just draw the line here, and agree that any way you cut it, someone's gonna lose a finger.
- Funny Aneurysm Moment - the matchmaker's delightful promise that she will make sure their people are fruitful and multiply in Jerusalem. Considering recent events, there's a definite cause to wince.
- Not exactly funny, per se, but Perchik participating in the October Revolution definitely counts.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The play was a surprise hit in Japan, where the theme of crumbling tradition resonated heavily with the elderly generation.
- Nightmare Fuel - The movie version of Fruma Sarah's solo in "The Dream".
- Tear Jerker - And how.
- Values Dissonance: The original Tevye the Dairyman stories by Sholem Aleykhem, on which the musical is based, portrayed Tevye's decision to disown Chava after she marries Fyedka in a more positive light. It was what any good Jewish father of the time would do if his child chose to marry a Gentile (and to really hammer this home, Aleykhem has Chava abandon Fyedka and return to Judaism at the end). People today who see the musical (which doesn't really take a side), though, usually come away from it thinking Tevye's actions toward her are excessive and cruel.
- Though the movie does show that the father feels trapped by his traditions at this point, but also that she was kinda stupid to run off and expect everything to be hunky dory. Still, it is easy to see it as a Kick the Dog moment for Tevye.
- And it's important to remember that it's not just culture, it's religion. By accepting Chava's marriage he would be rejecting his faith, and he wasn't willing to do that. In fact, to him his daughter rejecting their faith to marry a Christian is worse than her dying, as he believes it has eternal consequences.