Crown to Release New Anniversary Edition of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF This Fall
This fall marks the 50th anniversary of a cultural landmark, the original Broadway premiere of Fiddler on the Roof, which ran for nearly eight years, setting records with 3,242 performances. The production was lauded by critics, winning nine Tony awards including Best Musical, Score, Book, Direction and Choreography. "If you were a rich man, you couldn't buy a better show," the New York Times raved.
It remains the sixteenth longest-running show in Broadway history, and the popularity of its story and score continues to thrive. Even now, Fiddler on the Roof is being performed in high schools, community centers, and professional theaters across the globe.
Adapted from the tales of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, Fiddler on the Roof is an indelible tale of family, tradition, wit, and sorrow told through the many trials of Tevye, a Jewish Everyman. The poor, hard-working, and witty milkman lives in the fictional village Anatevka, clinging firmly to his faith and traditions, dreaming of riches he'll never see. Tevye believes that he'll need a matchmaker to marry off his three oldest daughters, but Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava soon force their more modern ideas upon him, each daughter pursuing romance in her own different and unconventional way. Tevye's celebrated journey to maintain his family and faith amidst a rapidly changing world make for a timelessly profound read -- the very definition of a classic.
Crown now presents a new edition (On Sale: September 14, 2014) of the full text and lyrics that will serve as a collector's item, honoring the brilliant history of Fiddler on the Roof and commemorating its illustrious half-century reign, on Broadway and in the hearts of those who experience it today.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Joseph Stein (1912 - 2010) was a playwright best known for such musicals as Fiddler on the Roof and Zorba. Born to Jewish immigrants, Stein grew up in the Bronx. He began his career as a psychiatric social worker, while writing comedy on the side. A chance encounter with Zero Mostel led him to writing for radio personalities, including Hildegarde and Jackie Gleason. He later worked in TV when he joined the writing team of Your Show of Shows, which included Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner. He was honored with the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theater, and in 2008 was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.
Jerry Bock (1928 - 2010) and Sheldon Harnick (b. 1924) were a renowned composer and lyricist team who received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for their 1959 musical Fiorello! They also won Tony Awards for Best Composer and Lyricist for Fiddler on the Roof and Best Original Score for The Rothschilds. Both were honored with the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre in 2009.