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'Miracle Of Miracles:' A Party To Celebrate Fiddler's 50th

06/13/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Jerome Robbins first discovered the shtetl when he was six years old. He was born on the Lower East Side, home of immigrants from Eastern Europe. His father took him to Poland to see where his Rabinowitz family came from.

Chaim Topol, Sheldon Harnick and Mike Burstyn celebrate “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tim Boxer/JW

Christmas In Anatevka

Last week it was the soundtrack from “Tangled,” Disney’s take on the Rapunzel fairy tale.

This week I cannot get “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “If I Were a Rich Man” out of my head. In no small part because my kids have insisted on playing “Fiddler on the Roof” and its music on a near endless loop since Saturday.

Death, and "Fiddler of the Roof"

My story this week is about the scholars who are pushing hard against myths about the shtetl, especially the kind peddled by "Fiddler on the Roof."  

As it happens, the composer of that Tony-winning classic died yesterday: Jerry Bock, at 81.  Eerily, the writer of the musical's book, Joseph Stein, died ten days before.  They both will be missed, deeply.

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