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September 22

Fiddler on the Roof

Nominated for 10 Tony Awards®, taking home nine, this uplifting musical is continually performed in high schools around the country.

Photo by flickr user "Thwaites Theatre Photos"

1964: Mazel Tov! It’s a Hit!
Fiddler on the Roof premieres on Broadway
It was just a simple story of a Russian Jew with five daughters, based on a book by Joseph Stein. But thanks to Jerry Bock’s music, Sheldon Harnick’s lyrics, and Zero Mostel’s unforgettable turn as Tevye the milkman, Fiddler on the Roof became one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. Tevye tries hard to preserve the traditions of his childhood, but as his daughters grow up, fall in love, and leave the family’s village, he struggles to accept change.

In songs like “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” Tevye’s family’s life is recounted with both hilarity and poignancy. Fiddler would go on to be the first musical to break the 3,000-performance mark on Broadway.
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