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Fiddler’s Fortunes

Fiddler’s Fortunes

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 It has been lauded as one of the most finely wrought works for the Broadway stage and treated as a historical document.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.

Alison SolomonAlisa 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.

Fiddler on the RoofFiddler at 50!
Spertus celebrates five decades of Fiddler on the Roof with a trio of special programs and a range of resources.

Author Event | Booksigning 
Sunday, April 6 at 2 pm 
Fiddler's Fortunes

Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roofshared the power of Fiddler.

Special Event
Sunday, April 6 at 5:30 pm
Fiddler on the Roof

The MGM classic on the big screen!

Film | Discussion
Monday, April 7 at 6:30 pm

A rare screening of the 1939 Yiddish-language film.

Online Resources
Explore Fiddler on the Roof's remarkable history, view hilarious Fiddler videos, enter Fiddler contests, and more. 


This program was part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure.