FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES

Rated PG-13/ 92 Minutes
Directed by: Max Lewkowicz
Cast: Documentary

Showtimes

  • Sunday, September 15:  (4:30), 7:00
  • Monday, September 16 - Wednesday, September 18:  7:00

 

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.

Tale of 'Fiddler on the Roof' is a wonder of wonders

 • 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. 

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