The Story
Fiddler On The Roof
Music
JERRY BOCK

Lyrics
SHELDON HARNICK

Book
JOSEPH STEIN
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, this musical has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. It's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
2004 Broadway Production
2015 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Alfred Molina leads the 2004 Broadway revival cast in a performance of 'Tradition' and 'Bottle Dance' at the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
Now I Have Everything
Ben Rappaport & Samantha Massell
2015 Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

Fiddler on the Roof is set in the small Jewish village of Anatevka, Russia, in 1905 and is concerned primarily with the efforts of Tevye, a dairyman, his wife, Golde, and their five daughers to cope with their harsh existence under Tsarist rule.

During the Prologue (Tradition"), Tevye explains the role of God's law in providing balance in the villagers' lives. He describes the inner circle of the community and the larger circle which includes the constable, the priest, and countless other authority figures. He explains, "We don't bother them and so far, they don't bother us." He ends by insisting that without their traditions, he and the other villagers would find their lives "as shaky as a fiddler on the roof."

Tevye's daughters wonder if the matchmaker will ever find them the men of their dreams ("Matchmaker"). The matchmaker, Yente, tells Golde that she has selected the butcher Lazar Wolfe as a match for Tzeitel.

Tevye reflects on how much he wishes he had a small fortune ("If I Were a Rich Man"). A group of villagers, including an outsider, Perchik, approach him with news of a violent pogrom in a nearby village. Tevye invites Perchik, a young revolutionary student, to come to his home for Sabbath dinner and arranges for him to instruct his daughters.

Motel, the tailor attempts to ask Tevye for Tzeitel's hand, but gets tongue-tied. The family and their guests welcome the Sabbath ("Sabbath Prayer").

Tevye goes to meet Lazar Wolfe, the butcher, and agrees to the match with Tzeitel. A boisterous celebration ensues involving the villagers and the Russians who also congregate in the tavern ("L'Chaim").

As Tevye staggers home, he meets the Constable, who warns him that a demonstration is going to be planned against the Jews of Anatevka. In his inebriation, Tevye conjures The Fiddler, who plays his violin as Tevye dances his way home.

Tevye appears and tells Tzeitel about her engagement to Lazar Wolfe. Golde rejoices, but after she leaves, Motel tells Tevye that he and Tzeitel gave each other a pledge to marry. After a struggle with himself, Tevye agrees to their marriage. He leaves and Motel and Tzeitel rejoice ("Miracle of Miracles").

Tevye decides to manufacture a wild nightmare ("The Dream") to convince Golde that the match with Lazar will result in Tzeitel's death at the hands of the butcher's first wife, Fruma-Sarah. Golde is so horrified that she insists on a marriage between Tzeitel and Motel.

The villagers are gossiping in the street about the mix-up in Tzeitel's wedding plans. As Chava enters Motel's tailor shop, a group of Russians on the street taunt her. Fyedka, a Russian youth, insists that they stop. After they leave, Fyedka follows Chava into the shop. He tries to speak with her, but leaves quickly when Motel enters. Motel places his wedding hat on his head.

The musicians lead us to the wedding. The company sings ("Sunrise, Sunset") as the traditional Jewish ceremony takes place. To the villagers' dismay, Perchik asks Hodel to dance with him and she accepts, performing the forbidden act of dancing with a man. Everyone else follows suit. As the dance reaches a wild high point, the Constable and his men enter. They destroy everything in sight. Perchik grapples with a Russian and is hit with a club. The constable bows to Tevye and says " I am genuinely sorry. You understand?" Tevye replies with mock courtesy, "Of course." The family begins to clean up after the destruction.


ACT TWO

During the Prologue, Tevye chats with God about recent events. Perchik tells Hodel that he is leaving to work for justice in Kiev. He proposes to her and she accepts ("Now I Have Everything"). He promises to send for her as soon as he can. Tevye approves in spite of his misgivings. After they leave, he asks Golde if she thinks their own arranged marriage has somehow also turned into a romance ("Do You Love Me?").

On a village street, Yente tells Tzeitel she has seen Chava with Fyedka. The news Yente has gleaned from a letter from Perchik becomes gossip for the villagers, who turn it into a song that totally distorts the truth ("The Rumor").

Tevye takes Hodel to the railroad station. She is going to Siberia where Perchik has been sent after his arrest ("Far From the Home I Love").

The villagers are once again gossiping about a new arrival at Motel and Tzeitel's.

At Motel's shop, we learn that the new arrival is a sewing machine. Fyedka and Chava speak outside the shop. She promises to speak to Tevye about their love for each other. Tevye appears and Chava tries to talk to him about Fyedka. Tevye refuses to listen to her and forbids her to ever to speak to him about Fyedka again.

Tevye returns home to learn from Golde that Chava and Fydeka have been married by the priest. Tevye says that Chava is dead to them. He sings of his love for Chava ("Little Bird"). When Chava appears to ask his acceptance, he cannot allow himself to answer her plea. Chava exits as unseen voices sing ("Tradition").

Yente is trying to fix up Tevye's remaining daughters with two boys as future husbands. The Constable brings the news that everyone in the town has to sell their houses and household goods and leave Anatevka in three days. As the villagers think of their future, they sing fondly of the village they are leaving ("Anatevka").

The family is packing the wagon to leave. Tzeitel and Motel are staying in Warsaw until they have enough money to go to America. Hodel and Perchik are still in Siberia. Chava appears with Fyedka. Tevye refuses to acknowledge her. Chava explains that they are also leaving because they cannot stay among people who can do such things to others. They are going to Cracow. Tzeitel says goodbye to them and Tevye prompts Tzeitel to add, "God be with you!" Chava promises Golde she will write to her in America. Chava and Fyedka leave. Final goodbyes are said and Tevye begins pulling the wagon. Other villagers join the circle, including The Fiddler. Tevye beckons to the The Fiddler to follow him. The Fiddler tucks his fiddle under his arm and follows the group upstage as the curtain falls.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Direction BARTLETT SHER
Choreography HOFESH SHECTER
Scenic Design MICHAEL YEARGAN
Costume Design CATHERINE ZUBER
Lighting Design DONALD HOLDER
Sound Design SCOTT LEHRER
Cast
Tevye DANNY BURSTEIN
Golde JESSICA HECHT
Yente ALIX KOREY
Hodel SAMANTHA MASSELL
Tzeitel ALEXANDRA SILBER
Lazar Wolf ADAM DANNHEISSER
Motel ADAM KANTOR
Perchik BEN RAPPAPORT
Fruma-Sarah JESSICA VOSK
Fyedka NICK REHBERGER
Creative
Producer JAMES L. NEDERLANDER, STEWART F. LANE, BONNIE COMLEY, HARBOR ENTERTAINMENT, TERRY ALLEN KRAMER, BOB BOYETT, LAWRENCE HOROWITZ, CLEAR CHANNEL ENTERTAINMENT
Direction DAVID LEVEAUX
Choreography JONATHAN BUTTERELL
Orchestrations DON WALKER
Musical Director KEVIN STITES
Scenic Design TOM PYE
Costume Design VICKI MORTIMER
Lighting Design BRIAN MACDEVITT
Sound Design ACME SOUND PARTNERS
Cast
Tevye ALFRED MOLINA
Golde RANDY GRAFF
Yente NANCY OPEL
Hodel LAURA MICHELLE KELLY
Chava TRICIA PAOLUCCIO
Tzeitel SALLY MURPHY
Lazar Wolf DAVID WOHL
Motel JOHN CARIANI
Perchik ROBERT PETKOFF
Fruma-Sarah JOY HERMALYN
Grandma Tzeitel HAVILAND STILLWELL
Creative
Producer BARRY AND FRAN WEISSLER, PACE THEATRICAL GROUP, INC
Direction RUTH MITCHELL
Choreography SAMMY DALLAS BAYES
Orchestrations DON WALKER
Musical Director MILTON GREENE
Scenic Design BORIS ARONSON
Costume Design PATRICIA ZIPRODT
Lighting Design KEN BILLINGTON
Sound Design PETER J. FITZGERALD
Cast
Tevye TOPOL
Golde MARCIA LEWIS
Yente RUTH JAROSLOW
Hodel TIA RIEBLING
Chava JENNIFER PRESCOTT
Tzeitel SHARON LAWRENCE
Lazar Wolf MARK SELLER
Motel JACK KENNY
Perchik GARY SCHWARTZ
Fruma-Sarah JERI SAGER
Grandma Tzeitel KATHY ST.GEORGE
Creative
Producer THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION, NEDERLANDER PRODUCING COMPANY OF AMERICA INC, THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Direction & Choreography JEROME ROBBINS
Orchestrations DON WALKER
Musical Director MILTON ROSENSTOCK
Dance Arrangements BETTY WALBERG
Scenic Design BORIS ARONSON
Costume Design PATRICIA ZIPRODT
Lighting Design KEN BILLINGTON
Cast
Tevye ZERO MOSTEL
Golde THELMA LEE
Yente RUTH JAROSLOW
Hodel CHRISTOPHER CALLAN
Chava NANCY TOMPKINS
Tzeitel ELIZABETH HALE
Lazar Wolf PAUL LIPSON
Motel IRWIN PEARL
Perchik JEFF KELLER
Fruma-Sarah JOYCE MARTIN
Grandma Tzeitel DUANE BODIN
Creative
Producer HAROLD PRINCE
Direction & Choreography JEROME ROBBINS
Orchestrations DON WALKER
Musical Director MILTON GREENE
Dance Arrangements BETTY WALBERG
Scenic Design BORIS ARONSON
Costume Design PATRICIA ZIPRODT
Lighting Design JEAN ROSENTHAL
Cast
Tevye ZERO MOSTEL
Golde MARIA KARNILOVA
Yente BEATRICE ARTHUR
Hodel JULIA MIGENES
Chava TANYA EVERETT
Tzeitel JOANNA MERLIN
Lazar Wolf MICHAEL GRANGER
Motel AUSTIN PENDLETON
Perchik BERT CONVY
Fruma-Sarah CAROL SAWYER
Grandma Tzeitel SUE BABEL
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Tradition Full Company
Matchmaker, MatchmakerTzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze and Bielke
If I Were a Rich Man Tevye
Sabbath Prayer Family and Villagers
To Life Tevye, Lazar Wolf and Village Men
Miracle of Miracles Motel
Tevye's DreamFull Company
Sunrise, Sunset Family and Villagers


ACT TWO

Now I Have Everything Perchik and Hodel
Do You Love Me? Tevye and Golde
Topsy-Turvy Yente, Rivka and Mirala
Far From the Home I Love Hodel
Chavaleh Tevye
Anatevka Family and Villagers

Company
Porgy And Bess
Pal Joey
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Broadway Production
2004 Broadway Production
2015 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Alfred Molina leads the 2004 Broadway revival cast in a performance of 'Tradition' and 'Bottle Dance' at the Tony Awards.

Matchmaker Julia Migenes, Tanya Everet & Joanna Merlin Original Broadway Cast Recording
Far From the Home I Love Laura Michelle Kelly 2004 Broadway Cast Recording
Now I Have Everything Ben Rappaport & Samantha Massell 2015 Broadway Cast Recording
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