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Yid Vid: Fiddler on the Goof?

By Marissa Brostoff

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“Fiddler on the Roof” and “Avenue Q” are two major Broadway musicals that celebrate community and kvetch about poverty through the cunning use of puppets. Oh wait, that last part is only “Avenue Q.” But not anymore…

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Lori Lippitz Fri. Mar 14, 2008

Pretty interesting! What is this and where was it from? It appears to be a gay revue...

Ellen Dweck Fri. Mar 14, 2008

No, that was the best, liveliest number from an annual fundraiser for the theater community's Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Easter Bonnet competition. I was in the audience for the finals. Casts of most Broadway musicals and plays do skits with parody songs and at the end, as above, they model a bonnet. Prizes are given for the best bonnet, but the major achievement is how much money each show raised during the fall fundraising period. That year, THE BOY FROM OZ raised a record-setting amount. That show is alluded to in the "Avenue Jew" number, which is a bit unusual for BC/EFA because it combined the casts of two shows, the revival of FIDDLER and AVENUE Q.

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