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Fiddler on the Roof: Based on Sholem Aleichem's Stories

Fiddler on the Roof: Based on Sholem Aleichem's Stories
Your Price: $22.50 CDN
Author: Joseph Stein
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 128
Pub. Date: 2014
ISBN-10: 0553418971
ISBN-13: 9780553418972

About the Play:

Unavailable for many years (except in anthologies), this special collector's edition of Fiddler on the Roof was released to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Broadway premiere. It contains the full text and lyrics from the original production of one of the most beloved musicals of the 20th century.

Fiddler on the Roof is a full-length musical with book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Tevye, a Jewish milkman in early 1900s Russia, sees his three eldest daughters married, each one moving further from traditional ways, and must cope with the growing anti-Jewish sentiment in his country.

Fiddler on the Roof is well established as one of the great works of American musical theatre. Adapted from the tales of Yiddish writer Sholom Alecheim and set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, it has proven an indelible tale of family, tradition, wit, and sorrow — all filtered through the ordeals of Tevye, a Jewish Everyman. Tevye, who lives in the fictional village Anatevka, is a hard-working milkman who clings to his faith and traditions, while dreaming of riches he'll never see. He believes he'll need a matchmaker to marry off his older daughters — but they soon force their more modern ideas about romance upon him. His celebrated journey to maintain his family and his faith amidst a rapidly changing world make for a timelessly enduring play; the very definition of a classic.

Fiddler on the Roof originally opened on September 22, 1964 at the Imperial Theatre. It ran for seven years and nine months originally – setting a record of 3,242 performances for long-running Broadway shows.

Cast: 9 women, 7 men, plus extras

What people say:

"If you were a rich man, you couldn't buy a better show." — New York Times

"Fiddler on the Roof is like your grandmother's house: a place to renew old values and get your soul scrubbed out. If you're lucky enough to have it still, be wise enough to visit it often." — New York Post

"One of the great works of American musical theatre. It is darling, touching, beautiful, warm, funny and inspiring. It is a work of art." — New York Daily News

About the Playwright:

Joseph Stein (1912-2010) was an American playwright best known for writing the books for such musicals as Fiddler on the Roof and Zorba. Born to Jewish immigrants, he grew up in the Bronx. He began his career as a psychiatric social worker, while writing comedy on the side. A chance encounter with Zero Mostel led him to writing for radio personalities, including Hildegarde and Jackie Gleason. He later worked in TV when he joined the writing team of Your Show of Shows, which included Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. He was honoured with the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theater, and in 2008 was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.