Half-a-century after its premiere, Fiddler on the Roof remains a powerful touchstone, frequently cited in popular culture and in places you’d never expect to find it. This blog reports on Fiddler sightings (with some occasional related musings) and invites you to send in the references you find by clicking here.

FIDDLER returns in ’15

Posted by Alisa Solomon on March 8th, 2014 harvey

The words to note in yesterday’s announcement that Fiddler will be returning to Broadway in its fifth revival in the Fall of 2015 are these: The production, to be directed by Bartlet Sher, based on original conceptions and choreography by Robbins, will feature choreography by Hofesh Shechter. That means some loosening of restrictions on previous productions that have required […]

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All That Echoes: Groban’s Tevye of 1999

Posted by Alisa Solomon on February 6th, 2014 josh-groban-all-that-press

A YouTube video of Josh Groban playing Tevye at the Los Angeles High School of the Performing Arts has surfaced thanks to TheaterMania — and here it is, where you can hear the talented teen singing about becoming a rich man. This tune isn’t on any of the 25 million records he’s sold worldwide. Maybe […]

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Anatevka Traffic Report

Posted by Alisa Solomon on January 11th, 2014 83px-George_Washington_Bridge,_HAER_NY-129-66

How does one explain Governor Chris Christie’s alleged role in jamming traffic on the George Washington Bridge as political payback? On the “Daily Show” of January 8, Jon Stewart answered in one word: “Corruption!” Watch for it at 5:15. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook

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Fiddler on the Scales of Justice

Posted by Alisa Solomon on January 5th, 2014 Lady_Justice-500x472

Chicago Law professor and blogger Eric Posner has discovered a correlation — or causal link! — between the release of Norman Jewison’s FIDDLER movie in 1971 and the frequency of the word “chutzpah” in judicial opinions. The word never appears in FIDDLER’s script, but the film’s popularity bolstered American Jews’ cultural comfort and visibility, so […]

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When did he grow to be so handsome?

Posted by Alisa Solomon on November 7th, 2013 StarOfDavidGay

In the debate leading up to the Illinois legislature’s vote in favor of marriage equality this week, Republican rep David Harris, on the losing side, urged a “no” vote by appealing to the authority of Fiddler. “How do we keep our balance? TRADITION!” he asserted. Bad enough faux pas to try to use a musical, […]

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B2K — Off the Hook and On the Roof

Posted by Alisa Solomon on October 18th, 2013 51Z8P2J340L

“It’s a perfect mash!” Yenta might say about this side-splitting mashup by ACDPresents: FIDDLER and the trailer of YOU GOT SERVED. But this Yenta (Molly Picon) says, “You know how I like it, baby: straight hood.

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Dealer on the Roof

Posted by Alisa Solomon on October 14th, 2013 file0001461878190

NPR’s hilarious game show “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” built some questions on its September 14 episode around the astonishing news story about a gang of Brooklyn drug dealers who were busted by police after sending out tweets to remind customers to pick up their merchandise before sundown on Friday: the pushers are observant Jews, […]

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Posted by Alisa Solomon on October 9th, 2013 sinead-o-connor-431x300

Sinead O’Conner samples “Tradition” in her rare rap tune, “Famine”. Hear Zero Mostel weave in and out as she lays down the facts about Irish history:  ”There was no famine . .. . meat, fish, vegetables were shipped under armed guard to England while the Irish people starved.” Hat tip to  Jewish music blogger Paul […]

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Tchaikovsky: Gay = Fiddler: Jewish

Posted by Alisa Solomon on September 28th, 2013 cartoon_tchaik_custom-7035b2f82679dac2d7b7dae853be3a68e6f01920-s40-c85

When New York City’s Metropolitan Opera opened its season last Monday with Eugene Onegin and a Russian-themed gala celebration, activists protesting Russia’s recently enacted anti-gay laws picketed out front and shouted from inside the opera house. “Putin, end your war on Russian gays!” one man called out as the lights began to dim, the New York Times reported. Then the […]

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Posted by Alisa Solomon on September 21st, 2013 Fiddler+on+the+Roof+1964+Original+Broadway+Cast+bockjerrysheldonharnick111l

Exactly 49 years ago today, Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway. I don’t think there’s been a day since when it hasn’t been playing somewhere on the globe. We are now as far away from Fiddler as the show was from Sholem-Aleichem’s original Tevye stories. Yet neither the show nor the Yiddish stories show […]

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