The Stories of Fiddler on the Roof

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Four Seasons Theatre presents “The Stories of Fiddler on the Roof."

What stories led to the creation of Fiddler on the Roof? The short stories of Yiddish folklorist Sholem-Aleichem were the genesis of the musical, but there are other stories of the creative process, too. In this program, the audience will learn how the creative team—made up of composer Jerry Bock, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, playwright Joseph Stein, director Jerome Robbins, and producer Hal Prince—brought these tales to life on the Broadway stage.

This hour-long program features a quartet of some of the best local singers bringing you the stories and songs of Fiddler, such as “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Tradition,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” This program is produced by Four Seasons Theatre ( as an outreach component of its 2016–2017 season and draws on the work of Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof. For those in the audience who like to sing, there will be an opportunity to join the performers in singing a familiar Fiddler tune.

This program is produced with support from the Beyond the Page program (, a joint effort of the Dane County Library Service and the Madison Community Foundation to create a permanent endowment that will support expanded humanities programming in all 28 public libraries in Dane County. The Beyond the Page program is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Madison Community Foundation.