Fiddler on the Roof
Music by Jerry Bock
Originally Produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince
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."
Harvey Fierstein, Andrea Martin, Nancy Opel, John Cariani, Sally Murphy, Alison Walla, Betsy Hogg, Laura Shoop, Tricia Paoluccio
Photos: © Carol Rosegg
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