Chat Up ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Lyricist at the Eldridge Street Synagogue

Posted on: December 3rd, 2015 at 9:28 am by
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The timeless Broadway production Fiddler on the Roof is returning to the big stage, and with it, its legendary lyricist to the Lower East Side.

Sheldon Harnick, the man who penned soundtrack favorites such as “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “If I Were a Rich Man,” plans to discuss some behind-the-scenes experiences of the musical masterpiece at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. It’ll be a conversation format with Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof. The program will also feature music, and a reception with traditional Chanukkah treats to follow.

“An Afternoon with Sheldon Harnick” is the culminating event in the Museum’s series of programs inspired by the 2015 revival of Fiddler on the Roof, and it speaks directly to our mission of historic and cultural preservation. The story of the Eldridge Street Synagogue is in many ways the next act for millions of real life Tevyes. As Fiddler fans knows, Tevye is leaving Anatevka at the end of the musical and setting out for America, specifically New York. In reality, most Jewish immigrants headed this way at the turn of the last century. So many settled on New York’s Lower East Side that the area was dubbed a Jewish Plymouth Rock.

It’s happening at the historic synagogue (12 Eldridge Street, between Canal and Division Streets) on December 6 at 2pm (Sunday). Tickets are $18 adults, $15 for students and seniors. RSVP here.

Fiddler on the Roof opening night is December 20.

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