Monday, January 12, 2009

Broadway Monday

Fiddler on the Roof This Tony Award winning show is based on the short story "Tevye and His Daughters" by Sholom Aleichem. Set in 1905, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a small Jewish village in Russia. The story revolves around the dairyman Tevye and his attempts to preserve his family's traditions in the face of a changing world. When his eldest daughter, Tzeitel, begs him to let her marry a poor tailor rather than the middle-aged butcher that he has already chosen for her, Tevye must choose between his own daughter's happiness and those beloved traditions that keep the outside world at bay. Meanwhile, there are other forces at work in Anatevka, dangerous forces which threaten to destroy the very life he is trying to preserve.
Fiddler premiered September 22, 1964 and played for a then record setting 3,242 performances garnering several Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. It remains the 13th longest running musical in Broadway history. Zero Mostel's debut of the character of Tevye won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical. This historic show has spawned many revivals since it's debut, 1976, 1981, 1990 and 2004. The 1990 revival starred Topol as Tevye, best known as the star of the 1971 film, and won the Tony for Best Revival.
The 2004 revival starred Alfred Molina and Harvey Fierstein as Tevye and Andrea Martin and Rosie O'Donnell in the role of Tevye's wife, Golda. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards.

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