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Chaim Topol’s Farewell Tour

Chaim Topol’s Farewell Tour Topol’s Tevye is not a man “desperately clinging to Tradition” (as one critic described with another actor in the role). More than anyone else in Anatevka, Topol’s Tevye is genuinely interested in new people with new ideas. No one forces him to invite Perchik-the-Student into his house. He opens his door…

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Sholem Aleichems novella STEMPENYU

Sholem Aleichems novella STEMPENYU This funny tale of a fiddler whose music stirs villagers to the heights of romantic frivolity supposedly inspired Chagall’s famous “fiddler on the roof” painting. A classic, it is the humorous and touching saga of shtetl life and what happens when one young woman falls for a fiddler as famous as…

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From Halsted Street To Broadway

From Halsted Street To Broadway: Jan Chats with Chicago Actress Sally Murphy about the New Revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JanSo tell me, Sally, do you consider Tzeitel a feminist? SallyOh yes. Absolutely! “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” is a total feminist song. Tzeitel is a little older and she’s sees the realities that her younger sisters don’t see. Her life…

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Jerome Robbins, Norman Jewison & Fiddler on the Roof On September 22, 1964

Jerome Robbins, Norman Jewison & Fiddler on the Roof On September 22, 1964—the opening night of a new Broadway musical called Fiddler on the Roof—a man named Harry Rabinowitz sat in the audience “amid a crowd of cousins and family friends.” After the final curtain, Harry, “deeply moved,” went back stage to find his son.…