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Fiddler on the Roof Online Resources
Explore Fiddler History
Fiddler on the Roof is easily one of the most talked about musical productions of all time. Throughout its 50 year history, the story of Tevye and his daughters has been studied, translated, adapted, and written about by brilliant minds around the world. It seems that everybody wants to know, "What makes Fiddler on the Roof so special?" In trying to answer that question for ourselves, we came across a treasure trove of videos, interviews, essays, and trivia that we felt was just too good to keep to ourselves. We present it here for you to enjoy.
The Painting That Inspired The Play's Title Theme
“A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no?”
In a recent post on her website Alberti's Window, art historian Monica Bowen describes her surprise in learning that the Fiddler on the Roof title theme was inspired by a Marc Chagall painting, rather than the Sholem Aleichem Tevye stories. She points out that the title specifically references a wall painting that Chagall created for the Moscow State Yiddish Theater in 1920. However the subject matter existed in Chagall’s imagery before this point, as evidenced by the 1912 “Fiddler” painting shown left (now in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam) and continued after, as in "The Green Violinist" from 1923 shown right (now in the Guggenheim collection).
Watch An Interview With Fiddler Lyricist Sheldon Harnick
In an interview with CUNY TV, Fiddler on the Roof lyricist Sheldon Harnick recounts experiences from his 50-year career, including his work with the late composer Jerry Bock on the songs for Fiddler on the Roof.