If one Broadway musical has changed the world, it is Fiddler on the Roof. In the half-century since its premiere, Fiddler has had an unprecedented global impact, beloved by audiences the world over, performed everywhere from suburban middle schools in Nebraska to grand state theaters in Japan. Our plan is to create the first proper documentary film that chronicles the birth and life of one of the iconic offerings of American culture.

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy © Photofest, Inc.Zero Mostel performs “Tradition” in the 1964 Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
© Photofest, Inc.Zero Mostel performs “Tradition” in the 1964 Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Fiddler on the Roof is the story of all immigrants and refugees trying to escape persecution in their homeland, of the Jewish immigrant coming to America, of the fraying of tradition, generational tension, and the loss of roots. It is a universal tale of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons trying to maintain some sort of order in their lives amidst the rapid changes that every generation must forge. It is a spectacle that is at once awe-inspiring and accessible, a potent cultural landmark like no other.

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Our way into this story is Sheldon Harnick, the original lyricist, who is still vibrant and working at 93 years of age. Sheldon will be our storyteller. He is one of those extraordinary people who is able to bring stories to life with incredible verve and charm.

DGP has begun production with initial interviews of Sheldon Harnick, Hal Prince, Bartlett Sher who directed the current revival on Broadway, and Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht who star in the current revival.

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