Rethinking 'Fiddler on the Roof' on Its 50th Anniversary

With the Broadway classic about shtetl life turning 50 and preparing to relaunch, contributors to its history gathered to reminiscence.

New York — It was an unlikely match from the start: life on a Russian shtetl and the bright lights of Broadway. But Yenta knew what she was doing, and “The Fiddler on the Roof” was an instant hit. Half a century after its premiere in 1964, the musical is firmly embedded in the DNA of many American Jews, a tradition in its own right.