Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Presents FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, 4/14
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) presents Fiddler on the Roof on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3pm. All tickets are $45/$36 (orchestra/mezzanine) and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.
The iconic musical Fiddler on the Roof was written in 1964 by Joseph Stein, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. It tells the story of the residents of a small Russian village on the eve of the Bolshevik revolution, who attempt to maintain family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. Featuring heartwarming songs like "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "If I Were a Rich Man," this landmark Broadway musical cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.
The original 1964 Broadway production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins (his last original Broadway staging) and featured Zero Mostel as Tevye the milkman, Maria Karnilova as his wife Golde (each of whom won a Tony for their performances), Beatrice Arthur as Yente the matchmaker, Austin Pendleton as Motel, Bert Convy as Perchik the student revolutionary, and Julia Migenes as Hodel. Joanna Merlin originated the role of eldest daughter Tzeitel, which was later assumed by Bette Midler during the original run.
Fiddler was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning nine, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It was the first Broadway musical to surpass 3,000 performances and held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years (at 3,242 performances) until Grease surpassed its run. It spawned four Broadway revivals and a successful 1971 film adaptation, and it remains Broadway's fifteenth longest-running show in history.