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Fiddler on the Roof: Based on Sholom Aleichem's Stories (Text and Complete Lyrics) - Full Length Musical

Fiddler on the Roof: Based on Sholom Aleichem's Stories (Text and Complete Lyrics)

Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, Joseph Stein

Full Length Musical

ISBN: 9780879101367

Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on Sholem Aleichem's stories by special permission of Arnold Perl

Unavailable for many years (except in anthologies), here again is the complete text with lyrics of the classic American musical, as alive and endearing today as it was at its premier a quarter of a century ago.

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(Limelight). The full text and complete lyrics, as well as photographs from the original production. "One of the great works of the American musical theatre. It is darling, touching, beautiful, warm, funny and inspiring. It is a work of art." John Chapman, Daily News
"One of the great works of American musical theatre. It is darling, touching, beautiful, warm, funny and inspiring. It is a work of art." -Daily News

"Filled with laughter and tenderness. It catches the essence of a moment in history with sentiment and radiance. An exceptional accomplishment." -The New York Times

"One of the great musical comedies of our era." -Newsweek Magazine

"One of the unforgettable stage musical creations of modern Broadway history." -Variety

"... A remarkable musical... it always works, perhaps because it evokes haunting, half-conscious memories of a world that still lingers deep inside us... after 17 years, FIDDLER still has magic." -Women's Wear Daily

"This spellbinding re-creation of the wonderful world of Sholom Aleichem... is a joyous affirmation that America is the world capital of musical comedy... Seldom has any musical blended so magically music, dance, mummery and literature..." -Cue

"Joseph Stein and collaborators have... arrived at a remarkably effective mixture that thoroughly entertains without ever losing a sense of connection with more painful realities that underlie its humor, its beauty, its ritual celebrations." -Saturday Review
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF originally opened on September 22, 1964 at the Imperial Theatre. It ran for seven years and nine months originally--setting a record of 3,242 performances for long-running Broadway shows. The original cast was headed by Zero Mostel as Tevye (Danny Kaye, Tom Bosley and Danny Thomas were among the other actors originally considered for the role) and featured Beatrice Arthur as Yente, Julia Migenes as Hodel and future game-show host and producer Bert Convy as Perchik. Bette Midler assumed the role of Tzeitel during the original run, as did Pia Zadora the role of Tevye's youngest daughter, Bielke.
AVRAM Runs the local bookshop and keeps the town advised of all the news in the area. Male, 40-60 yrs old Range: D3 - Eb4

BIELKE Tevye's youngest daughter. Takes lessons at home from Perchik. Female, 8-12 yrs old Range: B3 - D5

CHAVA Tevye's middle daughter who loves to read. Falls in love and runs off with Fydeka, a Russian soldier. Female, 15-20 yrs old Range: B3 - D5

CONSTABLE Russian military official stationed near Anatevka who knows the villagers well, however he has superficial relationships with the villagers. Male, 35-45 yrs old Speaking Role


FRUMA-SARAH Lazar's Wolf's deceased first wife. She becomes enraged when her husband plans to wed Tzeitel. Female, 35-45 yrs old Range: C4 - Eb5

FYEDKA A strong, young Russian soldier who sees past his military obligations and falls in love with Chava. He challenges Tevye's imposed silence. Male, 20-25 yrs old Speaking Role

GOLDE Tevye's strong-willed wife who wishes for her daughters to have good husbands and live easier than she and Tevye. Female, 40-50 yrs old Range: A3 - Eb5

GRANDMA TZEITEL Golde's deceased grandmother, who endorses the marriage between Tzeitel and Motel. Female, 60-75 yrs old Range: C#4 - D5

HODEL Tevye's second eldest daughter, who becomes involved with Perchik. She eventually leaves Anatevka to join Perchik in Siberia. Female, 18-23 yrs old Range: B3 - E5

LAZAR WOLF The feisty, brawny butcher and the town's wealthiest citizen who wishes to marry Tzeitel. Male, 40-50 yrs old Range: C3 - F#4

MOTEL The poor and meek tailor who shares a deep love with Tzeitel. Sensitive and nervous, but sincere and friendly. Male, 18-25 yrs old Range: E3 - F#4

PERCHIK The outspoken student and visitor to Anatevka, who constantly challenges the traditions of the town. He eventually falls in love with Hodel. Male, 20-30 yrs old Range: B2 - E4

SHPRINTZE Tevye's fouth eldest daughter who takes lessons at home from Perchik. Female, 9-13 yrs old Range: B3 - D5

TEVYE The likeable, hard-working, pious dairyman who always tries to see the positive side of life. He is a proud patriarch and father of five daughters, closely raised according to the old scriptures. Male, 45-60 yrs old Range: Ab2 - F5

TZEITEL Tevye's eldest daughter, who is madly in love with Motel. She is loyal to her family but typically challenges the town's traditions. Female, 18-25 yrs old Range: B3 - D5

YENTE The meddling matchmaker. She is a widow and village busybody who knows all of the town gossip. Female, 50-60 yrs old Range: F3 - F5

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