I did something I have never done before last night….and not in a good way. I was so excited to see Topol’s farewell tour of Fiddler on the Roof ,now at the Hippodrome ….it is one of my…no, make that my favorite…musical. I have seen it many times, and the story never grows old. And while I saw Topol in the movie version, when he was about 38 years younger and easily 20 pounds heavier(how does one do that…LOSE weight as they get older), I had never seen the maestro of Fiddler, live on stage. You might think he’s too old to play the part of Tevye, and let’s face it, in reality he is…but somehow he pulls it off. His voice is deeper and richer than ever…hats off to man who is still doing it.
But alas, I got there late, late, late. We were meeting another couple for a “quick” dinner at Lucy’s across the street from The Hippodrome….and just in case you think about doing the same thing…it’s closed. Sad but true…shut tight. Their website says they are closed for the “summer months” and will post their new hours in due course. Since it’s now October 21st….that doesn’t bode well for the future.
So we went down the street to the little Indian place in Lexington market…I’ve eaten there several times and the food is quite good, but on this night, they were totally overwhelmed(perhaps by others who did not know Lucy’s was closed). We were seated about 6:45….and by 7, we still had ordered nothing and had no drinks..tick tock tick tock. Finally we accomplish the order, another 30 minutes goes by and our samosa appetizers(included with entree)finally arrive….and thank God for those samosas. They turned out to be dinner because we never got to the main courses….at five of eight, two of us set off to get the tickets, while the other two remained to effort getting the food wrapped to go. But by the time we walked there, and rushed to the theatre, the usher looked at me with a pitying look and said, “Sorry, there’s an 8 minute delay for seating. Topol doesn’t like people coming in in the first 8 minutes“. And you know what? I don’t blame him! I have never, ever been one of those people who come in late to a live performance, but I was one last night….one of what seemed like a small herd of people who had to be seated. We all skulked into our seats, feeling the harsh looks of others no doubt thinking, “If you can’t get here on time, just come when you can, idiot” …and immediately fell under the charm of that marvelous production. If you get a chance, do yourself a favor and see Fiddler with Topol…you won’t regret it. But make plans for dinner…remember the 8 minute delay.