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The Mighty Afterlife of a Broadway Musical
Sunday, April 6, 2014 2:00 pm
Its songs have been performed at sacred ceremonies and incorporated into hip-hop hits. It has inspired religious conversion and secular satire. It has been lauded as one of the most finely wrought works for the Broadway stage and treated as a historical document.
Since its blockbuster stage debut in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has served an astonishing range of cultural purposes. Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof, discussed where this beloved musical came from, where it has gone, and why it is still relevant today.
Alisa Solomon teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A longtime theater critic and general reporter for the Village Voice, she has also contributed to The New York Times, The Nation, Tablet, The Forward, American Theater, and many other publications. Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof is her most recent book. It was named an “Editor’s Choice” in the New York Times Book Review.
Dr. Solomon was born in Chicago and grew up in Highland Park. She earned her BA from University of Michigan and her MFA and Doctorate from the Yale School of Drama. She lives in New York City.
This program was part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure.