Bette Midler made her Broadway debut in ‘Fiddler.’ Walter Matthau wanted to play Tevye. Zero Mostel was too American – and other little-known facts.
“I’m 66 years old,” Karin Kasdin said, “and it’s still one of the highlights of my life.”
In every other adaptation of Sholem Aleichem’s stories, Chava’s marriage destroys her family. Until, that is, she came to America.
‘I do not know how many times I need to reiterate that I was 15, but I was as 15 as you can get’ — scenes from a JCC production of ‘Fiddler.’
Editor’s Note: Fifty years ago, on Nov. 3, 1971, the movie adaptation of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ premiered. In honor of that anniversary, this week we are publishing a series of article about the impact of ‘Fiddler’ and its legacy. You can read more of the stories here
It sounds silly when you say it — “I was in a production of ‘Fiddler’ and decided to be Jewish” — But my relationship to God goes deeper than that.
Did you hear the Sholom Aleichem story about pickpockets, robbers and horse thieves? Most haven’t, until now.
The results were at times surprising…
“We all reveled in the beauty, anticipation, frustration, excitement, and joy of learning the opening number with our entire cast.”
“I would have loved to have been a dancer, I would love to have been a singer. At this age, all of a sudden, I’m given a chance to pursue it.”