Fiddler on the Roof (Preston Francis)

It is interesting to think that an instrument as simple as an old fiddle could play such a large part in one of the most iconic musicals in the history of broadway. A fiddle similar to this one was used used by the actor Gino Conforti in his role as The Fiddler. From then on, an old fiddle would stand as a symbol not only for the great musical “Fiddler on the roof”, but also for the message that the play sends.

The year is September of 1965. “Fiddler on the Roof” first opened in the Imperial Theater in New York city. “Fiddler on the Roof” was written by playwright Joseph Stein which he adapted from the fictional memoir Teyve and His Daughters, written by Sholem Aleichem in 1894. Fiddler is best known for it’s musical score written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and Boris Aronson’s sets. Aronson was inspired by the iconic paintings by Marc Chagall.

However the most important and famous aspect of this play is message that it gives. The whole story is about a father trying to make a better life for him and his five daughters. This story has given many people hope. Hope that they can change the make things better for themselves. There are few plays that have a similar feeling of hope and perseverance. Only a musical to the likes of “Fiddler on the Roof” could stir such feelings in it’s watchers.



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