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2008-08-05 21:00:15

By Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 5--Lewis J. Stadlen opened the Muny season with a sensational performance as Max Bialystock, the flamboyant schemer at the center of "The Producers." Now he closes the season with another sensational performance as Tevye, a humble dairyman in Czarist Russia, in the musical-theater classic "Fiddler on the Roof." Although both characters have roots in Jewish folk traditions, they're nothing alike. Max desires glamour, money and fame; Tevye...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'