Fiddler on the Roof

What the show was about.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Jews and Orthodox Christians live in the little village of Anatevka in the pre-revolutionary Russia of the Czars. Among all the traditions of the Jewish community, the matchmaker arranges the match and the father approves it. The milkman Reb Tevye is a poor man that has been married for twenty-five years with Golde and they have five daughters. When the local matchmaker Yente between the old butcher widow and his older daughter Tzeitel, Tevye does agrees with the wedding. Tzeitel is in love with the poor tailor Motel and ask for permission to marry kamzoil the poor tailor motel.

5 interesting facts

This film centers on the family of Tevye, a Jewish family living In a town called Anatevka, in Tsarist Russia in 1905 .

The title for Fiddler on the Roof was inspired by painting called the "Fiddler" by Mark Chagall.

The fiddler is a metaphor for survival in a life of change and uncertainty through the upholding of tradition and joy.

The streets for The play Fiddler on the Roof , design by Boris Aronson Troy also based on Chagall's work.

Paul Lipson holds the distinction of appearing as Tevye more than 2000 times.

2 actors In the play

Two of the actors in this play were Chaim Topol and Leonard Frey


The original production had been nominated ten Tony awards but only won nine including the story, musical, direction and the book and Robbins won best for choreography and also direction.

3 interesting facts

Fiddler on the Roof opened on September 22,1964.

The 1971 screen version of the show featured Norma crane, Molly Picon and Topol.

Robbins had spent so much time shooting and reshooting scenes in his quest for perfection that by the time only 60% of the picture was completed they were one million dollars over budget that robbins was fired and producer co-producer Robert Wise had to go on to complete the film alone

Fiddler on the roof - If I were a rich man (with subtitles)
Fiddler on the Roof Trailer [HQ]