To Life (song)

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"To Life" is a song from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.


The Jewish people of Anatevka joyously sing a hopeful song in the face of an uncertain future. It also serves as a toast to celebrate a wedding agreement between Tevye and Lazar.

See and Heard wrote "In the inn scene Tevye leads a toast ‘To Life’ featuring an extravagant display of Jewish and Cossack folk dancing".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

NewsWorks described it as a "winning song", and added "the perfectly paced scene changes the tone of the production and accelerates its beat".[2] The Star says it is a "raucous tavern brawl".[3] Chicago Theater Review deems it a "joyous barroom anthem".[4] Decent Films Guide names it "boisterous".[5] NCarts Review jokingly noted "Russian dancers show off their culture’s great history of destroying their kneecaps through dance".[6]

In other media[edit]

A modified version of the song was sung by Dafna Dekel and Sigal Shachmon during the interval act of the Eurovision Song Contest 1999.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fiddler Leaves Roof for the Seaside". Seen and Heard International. Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  2. ^ Howard Shapiro (2014-06-16). "Review: The universal 'Fiddler on the Roof' — NewsWorks". Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  3. ^ Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:23 AM EDT (2013-05-29). "Stratford Festival's Fiddler on the Roof done to perfection: Review | Toronto Star". Retrieved 2014-07-10.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Fiddler on the Roof Reviews - Theatre In Chicago - Play Reviews". Theatre In Chicago. 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  5. ^ "Fiddler on the Roof (1971)". Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  6. ^ Branch, Laney. "Theatre Review: Fiddler on the Roof – at the CFRT". NC Arts Review. Retrieved 2014-07-10.