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Fiddler in Popular Culture

Fiddler on the Roof is one of most famous musicals of all time. So, it is no surprise that the TV shows and movies of today often reference this timeless musical! As the performances at State Theatre New Jersey approach, take a look at the times Fiddler was referenced or sung without your even noticing. Whether it is cartoons discussing the musical as in The Simpsons or your favorite actor, Jim Parsons, singing the famous show tunes, this story can be found all throughout popular culture! Watch the clips below and get in the mood to see Fiddler on the Roof take the stage on December 20-22!

 Ms. Doubtfire—1:35-2:00 (1993)

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In order to get close to his children after a recent divorce, Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), must disguise himself as a woman to take a job as their full-time nanny. Daniel visits his costume designer brother and sings "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" while trying on his new looks.

Big Bang Theory—2:50-3:05 (2017)

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While trying to find squeaks in the floorboards, friends Howard Wolowitz and Rajesh Koothrappali engage in playful banter resulting in Howard singing "If I Were A Rich Man."

Big Bang Theory—0:00-0:40 (2007)

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Prude scientist Sheldon Cooper is unknowingly given alcoholic beverages by his friend, Penny, resulting in him singing "To Life" in a Cheesecake Factory. 

The Simpsons—11:50-12:00 (1992)

Realizing he must undergo a $40,000 triple bypass surgery, Homer Simpson pleads with a rabbi for the money indicating he has been a good jew since he has rented the movie Fiddler on the Roof.

Addams Family Values—(1993)

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In a scary rendition of "Sunrise, Sunset" played on an organ, Fester gets married in a cemetery. 

The Lion King—(2004)

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Pumbaa and Timon sing "Sunrise, Sunset" when they realize how much Simba has grown. 

Phinneas and Ferb—4:30-5:30 (2010)

Phinneas and Ferb's mother attends the Mexican Jewish festival in their town where festival-goers sing a spoof version of the "Bottle Dance."

Gilmore Girls—(2005)

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Kirk plays Tevye in the Stars Hollow Elementary version of Fiddler on the Roof and sings "Do you Love me?"

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