The Crawley sisters of Downton Abbey? The Bennet sisters of Pride & Prejudice? The daughters born to Zelophehad? Why mention any of these women in the same breath as the beloved characters in the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof? Conventional wisdom has it that Fiddler on the Roof is about Tevye, a beleaguered patriarch persecuted by his neighbors and “desperately clinging to Tradition.” But in this surprising eBook, Jan Lisa Huttner turns the reader’s focus away from Tevye and onto his daughters. What is tradition? Who makes the matches? Should people who want to marry each other be allowed to make that choice? These questions are just as important now as they were fifty years ago—in 1964—when Fiddler on the Roof made its original debut on the Broadway stage. Other recent books have discussed the stories of Sholem Aleichem and the canvases of Marc Chagall, the two undisputed sources of Fiddler on the Roof. But for Huttner, the creators of Fiddler on the Roof were also participants in a Great Conversation about women’s rights conducted over a span of two thousand years from the original compilation of the Hebrew Bible right up to the present day. Huttner examines the “synergies” that made Fiddler on the Roof such a phenomenal—and unexpected—success back in 1964. These synergies not only help account for Fiddler on the Roof’s extraordinary longevity, but also explain why stage performances of Fiddler on the Roof continue to be so resonant today. Huttner writes in a lively style but her intent is deeply serious. When we skip over, trivialize, or otherwise ignore the female characters in Fiddler on the Roof, we not only denigrate half of the world’s population, we also fail to appreciate the full power of a great work of art.
The American Theatre Wing and The Drama Book Shop have partnered to launch of The Playreaders Club, a tiered, monthly in-person and virtual events-based club for theater enthusiasts. Learn more about how to join!
On Friday, March 8, 2024, New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) will release an album drawn from its archives, NYFOS Records: The Singles, Vol. 1 featuring guest artists performing together with pianist and NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier on NYFOS Records. Learn more here!
Melissa Errico will release a new Sondheim album, 'Sondheim in the City,' on February 16. She will also offer a 10-performance residency at Birdland Jazz Feb 14-18, titled “A Manhattan Valentine”. Learn more about the album and residency here!
Jesse Sakari Hyttinen has announced the release of his new book, Collection Algebra: The Formal Theory of Rooted Tree Generation and Its Extension to Sum Form Equations. Learn more about the book here!
Gregory Maguire – who wrote the 1995 novel that inspired the Broadway musical Wicked – is releasing a new prequel to the beloved story. While plot details for the upcoming 272-page installment are under wraps, Elphie: A Wicked Childhood will seemingly delve deeper into the childhood of the story's heroine, Elphaba.
As the excitement builds for the 52nd anniversary of the Last Great Race, author Mary de Chesnay is presenting her children's picture book, Emily, Angel of the Yukon, a compelling tribute to the heroic nurse Emily Morgan during the 1925 diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska.
Award-winning journalist Nelson Aspen will take readers on a wild and hilarious journey through Hollywood in his upcoming novel. Get ready for more scandalous and funny behind-the-scenes stories. Learn more here!
Alvin Dorsey Jr. has introduced his latest creation, The Reborn Hero: Tristan's Journey. Released on December 22, 2023, by Any Day Associate, this YA Fantasy promises readers an enthralling experience filled with magic, anime-inspired worlds, and the extraordinary journey of Tristan Williams.
On January 16, 2024, Moreclacke Publishers (Robert Armin, President) released the hardcover, Kindle and audio version (performed by the great Anita Gillette) of MARY & ETHEL...and Mikey Who? by Stephen Cole. Check out photos from the launch party here!