Do You Love Me? (Fiddler on the Roof)
|"Do You Love Me?"|
Chaim Topol explained:
Just to mention another example, when I started the show, I was married nine years. When we sang Do You Love Me, Golde and I, there is a line about "after 25 years." At that time, 25 years seemed inconceivable. Now that I've experienced 52 years of marriage to the same wonderful lady, 25 years seems like a children's game.
Tevye and Golde's daughters choose men they love as marital partners. As they themselves had an arranged marriage, Tevye asks Golde if she actually loves him.
Culture in Northern Ireland described it as "lovely". Irish Times wrote "In an enchanting duet with his wife, Tevye philosophises about the existence of love in his own 25-year marriage – Do You Love Me is one of the most memorable songs of the evening and captures the vividness of Sheldon Harnick’s lyrics." Daily Breeze says "There’s no surprise at the end of the couple’s duet, “Do You Love Me?” when indeed she reveals her love." Seen and Heard names it "bittersweet". The Shuttle described it as "an inoffensive but adorable highlight". Talkin' Broadway notes one performance was "sweet, charming and completely realistic". Decent Films Guide called it "quietly bittersweet". Des Moines Register named it an "old-married-couple duet".
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