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Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish
Jewish
religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one's choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run. It remains the sixteenth longest-running show in Broadway history. The production was extraordinarily profitable and highly acclaimed. It won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It spawned five Broadway revivals and a highly successful 1971 film adaptation and has enjoyed enduring international popularity. It has also been a popular choice for school and community productions.[1]

Contents

1 Background 2 Synopsis

2.1 Act I 2.2 Act II

3 Musical numbers 4 Principal characters 5 Productions

5.1 Original productions 5.2 Broadway revivals 5.3 London revivals 5.4 UK tours 5.5 Australian productions 5.6 US tours 5.7 International and amateur productions

6 Film adaptation and recordings 7 Cultural influence

7.1 Parodies 7.2 Covers 7.3 Other song versions

8 Awards 9 Notes 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

Background[edit] Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman), a series of stories by Sholem Aleichem
Sholem Aleichem
that he wrote in Yiddish
Yiddish
between 1894 and 1914 about Jewish
Jewish
life in a village in the Pale of Settlement
Pale of Settlement
of Imperial Russia at the turn of the 20th century. It is also influenced by Life Is with People, by Mark Zborowski and Elizabeth Herzog.[2] Aleichem wrote a dramatic adaptation of the stories that he left unfinished at his death, but which was produced in Yiddish
Yiddish
in 1919 by the Yiddish
Yiddish
Art Theater and made into a film in the 1930s. In the late 1950s, a musical based on the stories, called Tevye and his Daughters, was produced Off-Broadway by Arnold Perl.[3] Rodgers and Hammerstein
Rodgers and Hammerstein
and then Mike Todd
Mike Todd
briefly considered bringing this musical to Broadway but dropped the idea.[4] Investors and some in the media worried that Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
might be considered "too Jewish" to attract mainstream audiences. Other critics considered that it was too culturally sanitized, "middlebrow" and superficial; Philip Roth, writing in The New Yorker, called it shtetl kitsch. For example, it portrays the local Russian officer as sympathetic, instead of brutal and cruel, as Sholom Aleichem had described him. Aleichem's stories ended with Tevye alone, his wife dead and his daughters scattered; at the end of Fiddler, the family members are alive, and most are emigrating together to America.[3][4] The show found the right balance for its time, even if not entirely authentic, to become "one of the first popular post-Holocaust depictions of the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry".[3] Harold Prince replaced the original producer Fred Coe and brought in director/choreographer Jerome Robbins.[5] The writers and Robbins considered naming the musical Tevye, before landing on a title suggested by various paintings by Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall
that also inspired the original set design. Contrary to popular belief, the "title of the musical does not refer to any specific painting".[6] During rehearsals, one of the stars, Jewish
Jewish
actor Zero Mostel, feuded with Robbins, whom he held in contempt because Robbins had testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee
House Un-American Activities Committee
and hid his Jewish
Jewish
heritage from the public. Other cast members also had run-ins with Robbins, who reportedly "abused the cast, drove the designers crazy [and] strained the good nature of Hal Prince".[4] Synopsis[edit] Act I[edit] Tevye, a poor Jewish
Jewish
milkman with five daughters, explains the customs of the Jews in the Russian shtetl of Anatevka in 1905, where their lives are as precarious as the perch of a fiddler on a roof ("Tradition"). At Tevye's home, everyone is busy preparing for the Sabbath meal. His sharp-tongued wife, Golde, orders their daughters, Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze and Bielke, about their tasks. Yente, the village matchmaker, arrives to tell Golde that Lazar Wolf, the wealthy butcher, a widower older than Tevye, wants to wed Tzeitel, the eldest daughter. The next two daughters, Hodel and Chava, are excited about Yente's visit, but Tzeitel is unenthusiastic ("Matchmaker, Matchmaker"). A girl from a poor family must take whatever husband Yente brings, but Tzeitel wants to marry her childhood friend, Motel the tailor.

The Fiddler by Marc Chagall, from which the musical takes its name

Tevye is delivering milk, pulling the cart himself, as his horse is lame. He asks God: Whom would it hurt "If I Were a Rich Man"? Avram, the bookseller, has news from the outside world about pogroms and expulsions. A stranger, Perchik, hears their conversation and scolds them for doing nothing more than talk. The men dismiss Perchik as a radical, but Tevye invites him home for the Sabbath meal and offers him food and a room in exchange for tutoring his two youngest daughters. Golde tells Tevye to meet Lazar after the Sabbath but does not tell him why, knowing that Tevye does not like Lazar. Tzeitel is afraid that Yente will find her a husband before Motel asks Tevye for her hand. But Motel resists: he is afraid of Tevye's temper, and tradition says that a matchmaker arranges marriages. Motel is also very poor and is saving up to buy a sewing machine before he approaches Tevye, to show that he can support a wife. The family gathers for the "Sabbath Prayer." After the Sabbath, Tevye meets Lazar at Mordcha's inn, assuming mistakenly that Lazar wants to buy his cow. Once the misunderstanding is cleared up, Tevye agrees to let Lazar marry Tzeitel – with a rich butcher, his daughter will never want for anything. All join in the celebration of Lazar's good fortune; even the Russian youths at the inn join in the celebration and show off their dancing skills ("To Life"). Outside the inn, Tevye happens upon the Russian Constable, who has jurisdiction over the Jews in the town. The Constable warns him that there is going to be a "little unofficial demonstration" in the coming weeks (a euphemism for a minor pogrom). The Constable has sympathy for the Jewish
Jewish
community but is powerless to prevent the violence. The next morning, after Perchik's lessons with her young sisters, Tevye's second daughter Hodel mocks Perchik's Marxist interpretation of a Bible story. He, in turn, criticizes her for hanging on to the old traditions of Judaism, noting that the world is changing. To illustrate this, he dances with her, defying the prohibition against opposite sexes dancing together. The two begin to fall in love. Later, a hungover Tevye announces that he has agreed that Tzeitel will marry Lazar Wolf. Golde is overjoyed, but Tzeitel is devastated and begs Tevye not to force her. Motel arrives and tells Tevye that he is the perfect match for Tzeitel and that he and Tzeitel gave each other a pledge to marry. He promises that Tzeitel will not starve as his wife. Tevye is stunned and outraged at this breach of tradition, but impressed at the timid tailor's display of backbone. After some soul-searching ("Tevye's Monologue"), Tevye agrees to let them marry, but he worries about how to break the news to Golde. An overjoyed Motel celebrates with Tzeitel ("Miracle of Miracles"). In bed with Golde, Tevye pretends to be waking from a nightmare. Golde offers to interpret his dream, and Tevye "describes" it ("Tevye's Dream"). Golde's grandmother Tzeitel returns from the grave to bless the marriage of her namesake, but to Motel, not to Lazar Wolf. Lazar's formidable late wife, Fruma-Sarah, rises from her grave to warn, in graphic terms, of severe retribution if Tzeitel marries Lazar. The superstitious Golde is terrified, and she quickly counsels that Tzeitel must marry Motel. While returning from town, Tevye's third daughter, the bookish Chava, is teased and intimidated by some gentile youths. One, Fyedka, protects her, dismissing the others. He offers Chava the loan of a book, and a secret relationship begins. The wedding day of Tzeitel and Motel arrives, and all the Jews join the ceremony ("Sunrise, Sunset") and the celebration ("The Wedding Dance"). Lazar gives a fine gift, but an argument arises with Tevye over the broken agreement. Perchik ends the tiff by breaking another tradition: he crosses the barrier between the men and women to dance with Tevye's daughter Hodel. The celebration ends abruptly when a group of Russians rides into the village to perform the "demonstration". They disrupt the party, damaging the wedding gifts and wounding Perchik, who attempts to fight back, and wreak more destruction in the village. Tevye instructs his family to clean up the mess. Act II[edit]

Fiddler On the Roof by Lev Segal in Netanya, Israel

Months later, Perchik tells Hodel he must return to Kiev to work for the revolution. He proposes marriage, admitting that he loves her, and says that he will send for her. She agrees ("Now I Have Everything"). They tell Tevye that they are engaged, and he is appalled that they are flouting tradition by making their own match, especially as Perchik is leaving. When he forbids the marriage, Perchik and Hodel inform him that they do not seek his permission, only his blessing. After more soul searching, Tevye relents – the world is changing, and he must change with it ("Tevye's Rebuttal"). He informs the young couple that he gives them his blessing and his permission. Tevye explains these events to an astonished Golde. "Love," he says, "it's the new style." Tevye asks Golde, despite their own arranged marriage, "Do You Love Me?" After dismissing Tevye's question as foolish, she eventually admits that, after 25 years of living and struggling together and raising five daughters, she does. Meanwhile, Yente tells Tzeitel that she saw Chava with Fyedka. News spreads quickly in Anatevka that Perchik has been arrested and exiled to Siberia
Siberia
("The Rumor/I Just Heard"), and Hodel is determined to join him there. At the railway station, she explains to her father that her home is with her beloved, wherever he may be, although she will always love her family ("Far From the Home I Love"). Time passes. Motel has purchased a used sewing machine, and he and Tzeitel have had a baby. Chava finally gathers the courage to ask Tevye to allow her marriage to Fyedka. Again Tevye reaches deep into his soul, but marriage outside the Jewish
Jewish
faith is a line he will not cross. He forbids Chava to speak to Fyedka again. When Golde brings news that Chava has eloped with Fyedka, Tevye wonders where he went wrong ("Chavaleh Sequence"). Chava returns and tries to reason with him, but he refuses to speak to her and tells the rest of the family to consider her dead. Meanwhile, rumors are spreading of the Russians expelling Jews from their villages. While the villagers are gathered, the Constable arrives to tell everyone that they have three days to pack up and leave the town. In shock, they reminisce about "Anatevka" and how hard it will be to leave what has been their home for so long. As the Jews leave Anatevka, Chava and Fyedka stop to tell her family that they are also leaving for Kraków, unwilling to remain among the people who could do such things to others. Tevye still will not talk to her, but when Tzeitel says goodbye to Chava, Tevye prompts her to add "God be with you." Motel and Tzeitel go to Poland as well but will join the rest of the family when they have saved up enough money. As Tevye, Golde and their two youngest daughters leave the village for America, the fiddler begins to play. Tevye beckons with a nod, and the fiddler follows them out of the village. Musical numbers[edit]

Act I

"Prologue: Tradition" – Tevye and the Company "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" – Tzeitel, Hodel and Chava "If I Were a Rich Man" – Tevye "Sabbath Prayer" – Tevye, Golde and the Company "To Life" – Tevye, Lazar Wolf and the Company "Tevye's Monologue" – Tevye "Miracle of Miracles" – Motel "Tevye's Dream" – Tevye, Golde, Grandma Tzeitel, Fruma-Sarah and the Company "Sunrise, Sunset" – Tevye, Golde, Perchik, Hodel and the Company "The Bottle Dance" – Instrumental

Act II

"Entr'acte" – Orchestra "Now I Have Everything" – Perchik and Hodel "Tevye's Rebuttal" – Tevye "Do You Love Me?" – Tevye and Golde "The Rumor/I Just Heard" – Yente and villagers§ "Far From the Home I Love" – Hodel "Chavaleh (Little Bird)" – Tevye "Anatevka" – The Company

§ The 2004 revival featured a song for Yente and some women of the village (Rivka and Mirala) titled "Topsy Turvy", discussing the disappearing role of the matchmaker in society. The number replaced "The Rumor/I Just Heard". Principal characters[edit] All of the characters are Jewish, except as noted:

Tevye, a poor milkman with five daughters. A firm supporter of the traditions of his faith, he finds many of his convictions tested by the actions of his three oldest daughters. Golde, Tevye's sharp-tongued wife. Tzeitel, their oldest daughter, about nineteen. She loves her childhood friend Motel and marries him, even though he's poor, begging her father not to force her to marry Lazar Wolf. Hodel, their daughter, about seventeen. Intelligent and spirited, she falls in love with Perchik and later joins him in Siberia. Chava, their daughter, about fifteen. A shy book lover, who falls in love with Fyedka. Shprintze, their daughter, about twelve. Bielke, their youngest daughter, about nine. Motel Kamzoil, a poor but hardworking tailor who loves, and later marries, Tzeitel. Perchik, a scholar and Bolshevik
Bolshevik
revolutionary who comes to Anatevka and falls in love with Hodel. He leaves for Kiev and is exiled to Siberia. Fyedka, a young Christian man. He shares Chava's passion for reading and is outraged by the Russians' treatment of the Jews. Lazar Wolf, the wealthy village butcher. Widower of Fruma-Sarah. Attempts to arrange a marriage for himself to Tzeitel. Yente, the gossipy village matchmaker who matches Tzeitel and Lazar. Fruma-Sarah, Lazar Wolf's dead wife, who rises from the grave in Tevye's "nightmare". Grandma Tzeitel, Golde's dead grandmother, also featured in the "nightmare". Mordcha, the innkeeper. Rabbi, the wise village rabbi. Constable, a Christian man; the head of the local Russian police.

Productions[edit] Original productions[edit]

Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
as Tevye in the original Broadway production, 1964

Following its tryout at Detroit's Fisher Theatre in July and August 1964,[7] then Washington in August to September,[8] the original Broadway production opened on September 22, 1964, at the Imperial Theatre, transferred in 1967 to the Majestic Theatre and in 1970 to The Broadway Theatre, and ran for a record-setting total of 3,242 performances.[9] The production was directed and choreographed by Robbins – his last original Broadway staging.[10] The set, designed in the style of Marc Chagall's paintings, was by Boris Aronson.[11] A colorful logo for the production, also inspired by Chagall's work, was designed by Tom Morrow. Chagall reportedly did not like the musical.[4] The cast included Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
as Tevye the milkman, Maria Karnilova as his wife Golde (each of whom won a Tony for their performances), Beatrice Arthur
Beatrice Arthur
as Yente the matchmaker, Austin Pendleton
Austin Pendleton
as Motel, Bert Convy
Bert Convy
as Perchik the student revolutionary, Gino Conforti as the fiddler, and Julia Migenes
Julia Migenes
as Hodel. Mostel ad-libbed increasingly as the run went on, "which drove the authors up the wall."[9] Joanna Merlin originated the role of Tzeitel, which was later assumed by Bette Midler
Bette Midler
during the original run. Carol Sawyer was Fruma Sarah, Adrienne Barbeau
Adrienne Barbeau
took a turn as Hodel, and Pia Zadora
Pia Zadora
played the youngest daughter, Bielke. Both Peg Murray and Dolores Wilson
Dolores Wilson
made extended appearances as Golde, while other stage actors who have played Tevye include Herschel Bernardi, Theodore Bikel
Theodore Bikel
and Harry Goz (in the original Broadway run), and Leonard Nimoy. Mostel's understudy in the original production, Paul Lipson, went on to appear as Tevye in more performances than any other actor (until Chaim Topol), clocking over 2,000 performances in the role in the original run and several revivals.[12] Florence Stanley
Florence Stanley
took over the role of Yente nine months into the run.[13] The production earned $1,574 for every dollar invested in it.[14] It was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning nine, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography, and acting awards for Mostel and Karnilova.[9] The original London West End production opened on February 16, 1967, at Her Majesty's Theatre
Her Majesty's Theatre
and played for 2,030 performances.[15] It starred Topol as Tevye, a role he had previously played in Tel Aviv, and Miriam Karlin
Miriam Karlin
as Golde. Alfie Bass, Lex Goudsmit
Lex Goudsmit
and Barry Martin eventually took over as Tevye.[citation needed] Topol later played Tevye in the 1971 film adaptation, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and in several revivals over the next four decades.[16] The show was revived in London for short seasons in 1983 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and in 1994 at the London Palladium.[citation needed] Broadway revivals[edit] The first Broadway revival opened on December 28, 1976, and ran for 176 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre. Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
starred as Tevye. Robbins directed and choreographed. A second Broadway revival opened on July 9, 1981, and played for a limited run (53 performances) at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater. It starred Herschel Bernardi as Tevye and Karnilova as Golde. Other cast members included Liz Larsen, Fyvush Finkel, Lawrence Leritz and Paul Lipson. Robbins directed and choreographed. The third Broadway revival opened on November 18, 1990, and ran for 241 performances at the George Gershwin Theatre. Topol starred as Tevye, and Marcia Lewis was Golde. Robbins' production was reproduced by Ruth Mitchell and choreographer Sammy Dallas Bayes. The production won the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Revival. A fourth Broadway revival opened on February 26, 2004, and ran for 36 previews and 781 performances at the Minskoff Theatre. Alfred Molina, and later Harvey Fierstein, starred as Tevye, and Randy Graff, and later Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin
and Rosie O'Donnell, was Golde. Barbara Barrie
Barbara Barrie
and later Nancy Opel played Yente, Laura Michelle Kelly
Laura Michelle Kelly
played Hodel and Lea Michele
Lea Michele
played Sprintze.[17] It was directed by David Leveaux. This production replaced Yente's song "The Rumor" with a song for Yente and two other women called "Topsy-Turvy". The production was nominated for six Tonys but did not win any. In June 2014, to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary, a gala celebration and reunion was held at The Town Hall in New York City to benefit The National Yiddish
Yiddish
Theatre – Folksbiene, with appearances by many of the cast members of the various Broadway productions and the 1971 film.[8] The fifth Broadway revival began previews on November 20 and opened on December 20, 2015 at the Broadway Theatre, with concept and choreography based on the original by Jerome Robbins. Bartlett Sher directed, and Hofesh Shechter choreographed. The cast starred Danny Burstein as Tevye, with Jessica Hecht as Golde, Alexandra Silber as Tzeitel, Adam Kantor
Adam Kantor
as Motel, Ben Rappaport
Ben Rappaport
as Perchik, Samantha Massell as Hodel and Melanie Moore
Melanie Moore
as Chava. Judy Kuhn replaced Hecht as Golde on November 22, 2016, for the last five weeks of the run.[18] Designers include Michael Yeargan (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes) and Donald Holder (lighting).[19] Initial reviews were mostly positive, finding Burstein and the show touching.[20] The production was nominated for three Tony Awards but won none. It closed on December 31, 2016 after 463 performances.[21] London revivals[edit] Fiddler was first revived in London in 1983 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre (a four-month season starring Topol) and again in 1994 at the London Palladium
London Palladium
for two months and then on tour, again starring Topol, and directed and choreographed by Sammy Dallas Bayes, recreating the Robbins production.[22] After a two-month tryout at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England, a London revival opened on May 19, 2007, at the Savoy Theatre starring Henry Goodman
Henry Goodman
as Tevye, Beverley Klein as Golde, Alexandra Silber as Hodel, Damian Humbley as Perchik and Victor McGuire as Lazar Wolf. The production was directed by Lindsay Posner. Robbins' choreography was recreated by Sammy Dallas Bayes (who did the same for the 1990 Broadway revival), with additional choreography by Kate Flatt.[23] UK tours[edit] A 2003 national tour played for seven months, with a radical design, directed by Julian Woolford and choreographed by Chris Hocking. The production's minimalist set and costumes were monochromatic, and Fruma-Sarah was represented by a 12-foot puppet. This production was revived in 2008 starring Joe McGann.[24] The show toured the UK again in 2013 and 2014 starring Paul Michael Glaser as Tevye with direction and choreography by Craig Revel Horwood.[25] Australian productions[edit] The original Australian production opened on June 16, 1967, at Her Majesty's Theatre in Sydney. It starred Hayes Gordon as Tevye and Brigid Lenihan as Golde.[26] The production ran for two years.[27] The first professional revival tour was staged by the Australian Opera in 1984 with Gordon again playing Tevye. A young Anthony Warlow
Anthony Warlow
played Fyedka.[28] In 2005 and 2007, Topol recreated his role as Tevye in Australian productions, with seasons in Sydney,[29] Brisbane,[30] Melbourne,[31] Perth, Wellington and Auckland.[32] The musical was again revived in Melbourne and Sydney in 2015–2016 with Anthony Warlow
Anthony Warlow
as Tevye, Sigrid Thornton
Sigrid Thornton
as Golde and Lior as Motel.[33] US tours[edit] Topol in 'Fiddler on the Roof': The Farewell Tour opened on January 20, 2009, in Wilmington, Delaware. Topol left the tour in November 2009 due to torn muscles. He was replaced by Harvey Fierstein.[34] International and amateur productions[edit]

2006 production at the Brno City Theatre
Brno City Theatre
in the Czech Republic

The musical was an international hit, with early productions playing throughout Europe, in South America, Africa and Australia; 100 different productions were mounted in the former West Germany in the first three decades after the musical's premiere, and within five years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, 23 productions were staged in the former East Germany; and it was the longest-running musical ever seen in Tokyo.[35] A Hebrew language
Hebrew language
staging was produced in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
by the Israeli impresario Giora Godik in the 1960s.[36] This version was so successful that Godik soon produced a Yiddish
Yiddish
version translated by Shraga Friedman.[37] A 2008 Hebrew language
Hebrew language
production ran at the Cameri Theatre
Cameri Theatre
in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
for more than six years. It was directed by Moshe Kepten, choreographed by Dennis Courtney
Dennis Courtney
and starred Natan Datner.[38][39] Un violon sur le toît was produced in French at Paris's théâtre Marigny from November 1969 to May 1970, resuming from September to January 1971 (a total of 292 performances) with Ivan Rebroff
Ivan Rebroff
as Tevye and Maria Murano as Golde. Another adaptation was produced in 2005 at the théâtre Comédia in Paris with Franck Vincent as Tevye and Isabelle Ferron as Golde.[40] The Stratford Shakespeare Festival produced the musical from April to October 2013 at the Festival Theatre directed and choreographed by Donna Feore. It starred Scott Wentworth as Tevye.[41] The musical receives about 500 amateur productions a year in the US alone.[42] Film adaptation and recordings[edit] Main article: Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
(film) The film version was released in 1971, directed and produced by Norman Jewison, and Stein adapted his own book for the screenplay. The casting of Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
over Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
for the role of Tevye caused controversy at first.[citation needed] The film received mostly positive reviews from film critics[43] and became the highest-grossing film of 1971.[44] Fiddler received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Jewison, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Topol, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Leonard Frey
Leonard Frey
(as Motel; in the original Broadway production, Frey was the rabbi's son). It won three, including best score/adaptation for arranger-conductor John Williams.[45] In the film version, the character of Yente is reduced, and Perchik's song to Hodel "Now I Have Everything" is cut and replaced by a scene in Kiev. The "Chagall color palette" of the original Broadway production was exchanged for a grittier, more realistic depiction of the village of Anatevka.[46][47] Theatre writer John Kenrick writes that the original Broadway cast album released by RCA Victor
RCA Victor
in 1964, "shimmers – an essential recording in any show lover's collection", praising the cast. The remastered CD includes two recordings not on the original album, the bottle dance from the wedding scene and "Rumor" performed by Beatrice Arthur. Kenrick writes that while the original Broadway cast version is the clear first choice among recordings of this musical, he also likes the Columbia Records
Columbia Records
studio cast album with Bernardi as Tevye; the film soundtrack, although he feels that the pace drags a bit; and some of the numerous foreign versions, including the Israeli, German and Japanese casts.[48] Cultural influence[edit]

Statue of Tevye, his horse, wagon, and passenger in Birobidzhan, Russia

The musical's popularity has led to numerous references in popular media and elsewhere.[49] The show or its songs have been parodied and covered widely: Parodies[edit] Parodies relating to the show have included Antenna on the Roof (Mad Magazine #156, January 1973), which speculated about the lives of Tevye's descendants living in an assimilated 1970s suburban America.[49] The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society published a musical theatre and album parody of Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
called A Shoggoth on the Roof, which incorporates the works of H. P. Lovecraft.[50] In the film Mrs. Doubtfire
Mrs. Doubtfire
(1993), Robin Williams parodies "Matchmaker".[51] References to the musical on television have included a 2005 episode of Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
titled "Jews and Chinese Food", involving a production of the musical.[52] A skit by The Electric Company
The Electric Company
about a village fiddler with a fear of heights, so he is deemed "Fiddler on the Chair". In the Family Guy
Family Guy
episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" (2003), William Shatner
William Shatner
is depicted as playing Tevye in a scene from Fiddler.[53] The second episode of Muppets Tonight, in 1996, featured Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
doing a piece of "If I were a Rich Man" in which he kicks several chickens off the roof. "The Rosie Show", a 1996 episode of The Nanny, parodied the dream scene, when Mr. Sheffield
Sheffield
fakes a dream to convince Fran not to be a regular on a TV show. A 2011 episode of NBC's Community, entitled "Competitive Wine Tasting", included a parody of Fiddler titled, "Fiddler, Please!", with an all-black cast dressed in Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
costumes singing "It's Hard to Be Jewish
Jewish
in Russia, Yo". Chabad.org kicked off their 2008 "To Life" Telethon with a pastiche of the fiddle solo and bottle dance from the musical.[54] Broadway references have included Spamalot, where a "Grail dance" sends up the "bottle dance" in Fiddler's wedding scene.[55] The Producers (2001) includes a musical number in the style of Jerry Bock that features an actual fiddler on a roof. Also in 2001, Chicago's Improv Olympic produced a well-received parody, "The Roof Is on Fiddler", that used most of the original book of the musical but replaced the songs with 1980's pop songs.[56] The original Broadway cast of the musical Avenue Q
Avenue Q
and the Broadway 2004 revival cast of Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
collaborated for a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit and produced an approximately 10-minute-long show, "Avenue Jew", that incorporated characters from both shows, including puppets. Covers[edit] Songs from the musical have been covered by notable artists. For example, in 1964, jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball Adderley
recorded the album Fiddler on the Roof, which featured jazz arrangements of eight songs from the musical. AllMusic
AllMusic
awarded the album 4 stars and states "Cannonball plays near his peak; this is certainly the finest album by this particular sextet".[57] That same year, Eydie Gormé
Eydie Gormé
released a single of "Matchmaker".[58] In 1999, Knitting Factory
Knitting Factory
Records released Knitting on the Roof, a compilation CD featuring covers of Fiddler songs by alternative bands such as The Residents, Negativland, and The Magnetic Fields.[59][60] Indie rock
Indie rock
band Bright Eyes recorded an adaptation of "Sunrise, Sunset" on their 2000 album Fevers and Mirrors. Allmusic gave the album a favorable review,[61] and the online music magazine Pitchfork Media
Pitchfork Media
ranked it at number 170 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[62] In 2005, Melbourne punk band Yidcore released a reworking of the entire show called Fiddling on Ya Roof.[63] Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
and Eve covered "If I Were a Rich Man" as "Rich Girl" for Stefani's 2004 debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
in 2004. The song was inspired by the 1993 British Louchie Lou & Michie One ragga version of the same name.[64] Stefani's version reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
chart, where it remained for over six months.[65] It was certified gold by the RIAA[66] and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.[67] It was also covered in 2008 and 2009 by the Capitol Steps, poking fun at Illinois politics, especially then-Governor Rod Blagojevich.[68] The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps performs the "Bottle Dance" from Fiddler as a "recurring trademark", including at the Drum Corps International World Championships.[69] Other song versions[edit] The song "Sunrise, Sunset" is often played at weddings,[citation needed] and in 2011 Sheldon Harnick
Sheldon Harnick
wrote two versions of the song, suitable for same-sex weddings, with minor word changes. For example, for male couples, changes include "When did they grow to be so handsome".[70] Awards[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations for the musical Fiddler on the Roof Fiddler's original Broadway production in 1964 was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning nine, including Best Musical, score, and book, and Robbins won for best direction and choreography. Mostel and Karnilova won as best leading actor and best featured actress. In 1972, the show won a special Tony on becoming the longest-running musical in Broadway history. Its revivals have also been honored. At the 1981 Tony Awards, Bernardi was nominated as best actor. Ten years later, the 1991 revival won for best revival, and Topol was nominated as best actor. The 2004 revival was nominated for six Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards but won none. The 2007 West End revival
West End revival
was nominated for Olivier Awards for best revival, and Goodman was nominated as best actor. Notes[edit]

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References[edit]

Kantor, Michael; Laurence Maslon (2004). Broadway: the American musical. New York, New York: Bulfinch Press. ISBN 0-8212-2905-2.  Rich, Frank. The Theatre Art of Boris Aronson
Boris Aronson
(1987), Knopf ISBN 0-394-52913-8 Whitfield, Stephen J (2003). "Fiddling with Sholem Aleichem: A History of Fiddler on the Roof". Key texts in American Jewish
Jewish
culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-3221-3. 

Further reading[edit]

Altman, Richard (1971). The Making of a Musical: Fiddler on the Roof. Crown Publishers. Isenberg, Barbara (2014). Tradition!: The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World’s Most Beloved Musical. New York: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 978-0-312-59142-7. Solomon, Alisa (2013). Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof. Metropolitan Books. ISBN 0805092609.

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Fiddler on the Roof

Characters

Tevye

Inspiration

Sholem Aleichem's Tevye and his Daughters

Adaptations

Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
(1964 musical) Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
(1971 film)

Songs

Act 1

Tradition Matchmaker, Matchmaker If I Were a Rich Man Sabbath Prayer To Life Miracle of Miracles Tevye's Dream Sunrise, Sunset

Act 2

Now I Have Everything Do You Love Me? The Rumor/I Just Heard Far From the Home I Love Chavaleh (Little Bird) Anatevka Any Day Now

Miscellaneous

List of awards and nominations for the musical Fiddler on the Roof A Shoggoth on the Roof (parody musical)

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Musicals by Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock
and Sheldon Harnick

The Body Beautiful Fiorello! Tenderloin To Broadway With Love She Loves Me Fiddler on the Roof The Apple Tree Baker Street The Rothschilds

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Works of Joseph Stein

Lend an Ear Mrs. Gibbons' Boys Alive and Kicking Plain and Fancy Mr. Wonderful The Body Beautiful Take Me Along Juno Enter Laughing Fiddler on the Roof Zorba Irene The Baker's Wife King of Hearts Carmelina Rags All About Us Before the Dawn

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Musical

1949-1975

Kiss Me, Kate
Kiss Me, Kate
(1949) South Pacific (1950) Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
(1951) The King and I
The King and I
(1952) Wonderful Town
Wonderful Town
(1953) Kismet (1954) The Pajama Game
The Pajama Game
(1955) Damn Yankees
Damn Yankees
(1956) My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady
(1957) The Music Man
The Music Man
(1958) Redhead (1959) The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
/ Fiorello!
Fiorello!
(1960) Bye Bye Birdie
Bye Bye Birdie
(1961) How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1962) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
(1963) Hello, Dolly! (1964) Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
(1965) Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha
(1966) Cabaret (1967) Hallelujah, Baby!
Hallelujah, Baby!
(1968) 1776 (1969) Applause (1970) Company (1971) Two Gentlemen of Verona (1972) A Little Night Music
A Little Night Music
(1973) Raisin (1974) The Wiz
The Wiz
(1975)

1976-2000

A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
(1976) Annie (1977) Ain't Misbehavin' (1978) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979) Evita (1980) 42nd Street (1981) Nine (1982) Cats (1983) La Cage aux Folles (1984) Big River (1985) Drood
Drood
(1986) Les Misérables (1987) The Phantom of the Opera (1988) Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Jerome Robbins' Broadway
(1989) City of Angels (1990) The Will Rogers Follies (1991) Crazy for You (1992) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993) Passion (1994) Sunset Boulevard (1995) Rent (1996) Titanic (1997) The Lion King (1998) Fosse
Fosse
(1999) Contact (2000)

2001-present

The Producers (2001) Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002) Hairspray (2003) Avenue Q
Avenue Q
(2004) Monty Python's Spamalot
Spamalot
(2005) Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys
(2006) Spring Awakening (2007) In the Heights
In the Heights
(2008) Billy Elliot the Musical
Billy Elliot the Musical
(2009) Memphis (2010) The Book of Mormon (2011) Once (2012) Kinky Boots (2013) A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
(2014) Fun Home (2015) Hamilton (2016) Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Revival

1970s

Porgy and Bess
Porgy and Bess
(1977) Dracula (1978) No Award (1979)

1980s

Morning's at Seven (1980) The Pirates of Penzance
The Pirates of Penzance
(1981) Othello
Othello
(1982) On Your Toes
On Your Toes
(1983) Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman
(1984) Joe Egg (1985) Sweet Charity
Sweet Charity
(1986) All My Sons
All My Sons
(1987) Anything Goes
Anything Goes
(1988) Our Town
Our Town
(1989)

1990s

Gypsy (1990) Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
(1991) Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
(1992) Anna Christie
Anna Christie
(1993)

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Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical

1950–1975

South Pacific by Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II
and Joshua Logan (1950) Hello, Dolly! by Michael Stewart (1964) Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
by Joseph Stein (1965) Company by George Furth (1971) Two Gentlemen of Verona by John Guare
John Guare
and Mel Shapiro (1972) A Little Night Music
A Little Night Music
by Hugh Wheeler (1973) Candide by Hugh Wheeler (1974) Shenandoah by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell and Philip Rose (1975)

1976–2000

A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante (1976) Annie by Thomas Meehan (1977) On the Twentieth Century by Betty Comden
Betty Comden
and Adolph Green
Adolph Green
(1978) Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd
by Hugh Wheeler (1979) Evita by Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(1980) Woman of the Year by Peter Stone (1981) Dreamgirls by Tom Eyen (1982) Cats by T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
(1983) La Cage aux Folles by Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1984) Big River by William Hauptman (1985) Drood
Drood
by Rupert Holmes (1986) Les Misérables by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (1987) Into the Woods
Into the Woods
by James Lapine
James Lapine
(1988) No Award (1989) City of Angels by Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1990) The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman
Marsha Norman
(1991) Falsettos by William Finn
William Finn
and James Lapine
James Lapine
(1992) Kiss of the Spider Woman by Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally
(1993) Passion by James Lapine
James Lapine
(1994) Sunset Boulevard by Don Black and Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(1995) Rent by Jonathan Larson (1996) Titanic by Peter Stone (1997) Ragtime by Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally
(1998) Parade by Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1999) James Joyce's The Dead
James Joyce's The Dead
by Richard Nelson (2000)

2001–present

The Producers by Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
and Thomas Meehan (2001) Urinetown
Urinetown
by Greg Kotis (2002) Hairspray by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell
Mark O'Donnell
(2003) Avenue Q
Avenue Q
by Jeff Whitty (2004) The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
by Rachel Sheinkin (2005) The Drowsy Chaperone
The Drowsy Chaperone
by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Don McKellar
(2006) Spring Awakening by Steven Sater (2007) Passing Strange by Stew (2008) Billy Elliot the Musical
Billy Elliot the Musical
by Lee Hall (2009) Memphis by Joe DiPietro (2010) The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2011) Once by Enda Walsh
Enda Walsh
(2012) Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical
by Dennis Kelly (2013) A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
by Robert L. Freedman (2014) Fun Home by Lisa Kron (2015) Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen
by Steven Levenson (2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Original Score

1947-1975

Street Scene by Kurt Weill
Kurt Weill
(1947) Kiss Me, Kate
Kiss Me, Kate
by Cole Porter
Cole Porter
(1949) South Pacific by Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
(1950) Call Me Madam
Call Me Madam
by Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin
(1951) No Strings
No Strings
by Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
(1962) Oliver!
Oliver!
by Lionel Bart
Lionel Bart
(1963) Hello, Dolly! by Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(1964) Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
by Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock
and Sheldon Harnick
Sheldon Harnick
(1965) Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha
by Mitch Leigh
Mitch Leigh
and Joe Darion (1966) Cabaret by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
(1967) Hallelujah, Baby!
Hallelujah, Baby!
by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green
Adolph Green
(1968) Company by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1971) Follies
Follies
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1972) A Little Night Music
A Little Night Music
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1973) Gigi by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1974) The Wiz
The Wiz
by Charlie Smalls
Charlie Smalls
(1975)

1976-2000

A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
by Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
and Edward Kleban (1976) Annie by Charles Strouse
Charles Strouse
and Martin Charnin (1977) On the Twentieth Century by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green (1978) Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1979) Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
and Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(1980) Woman of the Year by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
(1981) Nine by Maury Yeston (1982) Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
and T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
(1983) La Cage aux Folles by Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(1984) Big River by Roger Miller
Roger Miller
(1985) Drood
Drood
by Rupert Holmes (1986) Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer, and Alain Boublil (1987) Into the Woods
Into the Woods
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1988) City of Angels by Cy Coleman
Cy Coleman
and David Zippel (1990) The Will Rogers Follies by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green (1991) Falsettos by William Finn
William Finn
(1992) Kiss of the Spider Woman by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
/ The Who's Tommy by Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
(1993) Passion by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1994) Sunset Boulevard by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton (1995) Rent by Jonathan Larson (1996) Titanic by Maury Yeston (1997) Ragtime by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (1998) Parade by Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(1999) Aida by Elton John
Elton John
and Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(2000)

2001-present

The Producers by Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(2001) Urinetown
Urinetown
by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis (2002) Hairspray by Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman
and Scott Wittman (2003) Avenue Q
Avenue Q
by Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Jeff Marx
Jeff Marx
(2004) The Light in the Piazza by Adam Guettel
Adam Guettel
(2005) The Drowsy Chaperone
The Drowsy Chaperone
by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (2006) Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik
and Steven Sater (2007) In the Heights
In the Heights
by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2008) Next to Normal
Next to Normal
by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (2009) Memphis by David Bryan
David Bryan
and Joe DiPietro (2010) The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2011) Newsies by Alan Menken
Alan Menken
and Jack Feldman (2012) Kinky Boots by Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper
(2013) The Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(2014) Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron (2015) Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen
by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2017)

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