About The Film
What makes this quintessentially Jewish show speak to everyone? The creators and past cast members of Fiddler on the Roof trace the creation and enduring legacy of the beloved Broadway musical and global theatrical phenomenon, and marvel how audiences worldwide relate to the residents of Anatevka, claiming the story as their own. When it first opened on Broadway in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof seemed poised to be a massive flop. Instead, it became one of the most popular shows in the American theater canon, holding the record as the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years.
Touching audiences with humor and heart, the show's universal tale of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion. Bringing Fiddler to life through rare archival materials, performance footage, and clips from the Oscar-winning 1971 film adaptation, filmmaker Max Lewkowicz chronicles the show's backstory, from its early New York roots to the enduring themes that inspire theatergoers across the generations. The film features lively commentary from luminaries Stephen Sondheim, Itzhak Perlman, Chaim Topol, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, paired with scenes from international productions in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, as well as the most recent Broadway revival with Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht. This fascinating, star-studded love letter to Fiddler on the Roof reveals how this 1960s masterpiece based on Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem's 1894 Tevye series, continues to resonate with audiences worldwide.
Matinee @ the J
This afternoon screening is only $8 for patrons age 65+ and includes coffee, tea, cookies, and conversation.
Max Lewkowicz has written, directed, and produced hundreds of productions for network and public television, museums, and multinational organizations in a career spanning over twenty-five years. His writing and directorial expertise has won critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Silver Screen Award at the US International Film and Video Festival, grand prize at the Chicago International Film Festival, and the 2003 Award of Excellence from the National Association of Museum Exhibitions. His film MORGENTHAU shown on public television, recently won an Emmy in 2015.
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