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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.…

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Shylock and His Daughter opens in Oak Brook

Shylock and His Daughter opens in Oak Brook Shylock and His Daughter truly riveting–a must see. As you might expect, the Christian characters are not treated kindly. Sanctimonious and cruel, they provoke Shylock until he is literally at his wit’s end. But more interesting to me were the Jewish characters, including the Rabbi who first…