The Ritz East
125 South Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Thursday, August 8, 2019, 7:00 pm

The story behind one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when "tradition" was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving.

The film includes interviews with the show's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, legendary producer Hal Prince as well as original cast members such as Austin Pendleton. The documentary takes a deep dive into the musical based on the stories by Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem and features rare archival footage of renowned choreographer Jerome Robbins.

In addition to the interviews with the creators and original cast members, the docu features numerous Broadway luminaries and cultural influencers including Hamilton godfather Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein, authors Fran Lebowitz, Calvin Trillin and Nathan Englander as well as Chaim Topol, who starred in the film adaptation. They speak about the legacy and the film adaptation which is most appropriately viewed through the lens of the social upheaval and change in mid-20th century America.

The film also explores the worldwide impact of the musical through the variety of international productions of the show, detailing how individuals of many cultures see themselves in the residents of Anatevka. The film includes major worldwide productions from Canada, The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, as well as the last Broadway production revival with Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht.

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Country: USA
Release Date: 2019
Time: 92 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Historical
Language: English
Director: Max Lewkowicz
Winner, 2019 Toronto JFF Audience Choice Award