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 Imperial Russia in 1905. It is based on the short story "Tevye and his Daughters" by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one's choice of 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. It won 9 Tony Awards. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years, and today it remains Broadway's sixteenth longest-running show in history. It spawned four Broadway revivals, a highly successful 1971 film adaptation, and the show has enjoyed enduring international popularity. The Guild has produced this musical four times – 1972, 1978, 1989 and most recently in 2000.
Nina Denton Pasinetti is the Director/Choreographer.
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