7:15 pm | PG-13 | Documentary | 1h 32m
The origin story of one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, Fiddler on the Roof and its phenomenal impact around the world, finally comes to theaters. Before “it became a Broadway classic and cultural touchstone, “Fiddler” was considered a pretty bad idea – who wants to see a musical about a Russian milkman marrying off his daughters before a pogrom? Nine Tonys, a film version and countless revivals – both amateur and professional – gives the resounding answer: everyone.
Join Sheldon Harnick, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Grey and many others, as director Max Lewkowicz chronicles the back-story of Fiddler on the Roof, from its 1960s New York roots, when “tradition” was on the wane and civil rights were evolving. Most revealing is the story of the play’s global impact, where audiences all over the world for the last half-century have claimed Tevye’s story as their own, from suburban middle schools in Nebraska to grand state theatres in Japan. Also featuring interviews with Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Chaim Topol, Harvey Fierstein, Fran Lebowitz, Calvin Trillin, and Nathan Englander, as well as archival footage of original director-choreographer Jerome Robbins and star Zero Mostel.
“A fascinating love letter to “Fiddler on the Roof” NY Times
“A delightful piece of theater, cultural and theater history” Roger Moore, Movie Nation
“A captivating celebration of a unique American cultural treasure” Hollywood Reporter