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The origin 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.
• 3½ stars out of four •
James Verniere | Boston Herald
Since its Broadway debut in 1964, the frequently revived musical “Fiddler on the Roof” has been performed somewhere on the planet every day. It was a universal tale of religion, oppression, yes, tradition, genocidal hatred and forced migration. It was a tale based the stories of Soviet-Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem about a Job-like Jew with five daughters, who had no money but was blessed with a loving wife and family. Max Lewkowicz’s documentary “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” is a marvelous recollection of the beloved musical’s birth and long life as a staple of the American stage with a proud place in its national songbook. Lewkowicz assembles surviving cast members such as Austin Pendleton, who played Motel (Bette Midler played Tzeitel in the original run). The original Tevye was the great, larger-than-life Zero Mostel (“The Producers”), who was fond of ad-libbing, which drove the writers crazy. Lewkowicz’s film features animation, Fran Lebowitz, Stephen Sondheim, Jessica Hecht and Itzhak Perlman.
An understated and wonderful St. Louis gem, the Hi-Pointe Theatre was built in 1922 at the incredible intersection of Interstate 64, Clayton Road, Clayton Avenue, McCausland Avenue, Forest Avenue, Oakland Avenue and Skinker Boulevard, today also the home of the world’s largest Amoco sign and just at the southwest corner of Forest Park. Continue Reading