Fiddler on the Roof

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There are a total of 47 productions in Ovrtur's database.

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Studio Cast Recordings

Recordings listed here were done in the studio specifically to release as recordings. They do not represent cast recordings of a particular production.

London Studio Cast (1967)
Bernard Spear, Stella Moray, Lorraine Smith, Tony Adams (i), Tony Adams (i)
Orbis Musicals Collection Cast (1996)
Spiro Malas, Len Cariou, Sara Kestelman, Miriam Karlin, Judy Kaye

Demos & Pre-Production Recordings

Source Material

Based on Sholem Aleichem's Tevye Stories with permission from Arnold Perl.


Attempting to live a normal life filled with Jewish traditions in early twentieth century Russia, Tevye , a dairyman, is searching for appropriate husbands for his three eldest daughters – Tzeital, Hodel and Chava. In a break of tradition, his daughters refuse to accept the wishes of the matchmaker, Yente, and their father. Instead, the marry men that they love. Meanwhile, Russians are instigating terrible pogroms against the Jewish people in Russia. In the end, the Jews of Anatevka are forced to leave their homes and Tevye is determined to start a better life in a new land.

Trivia & History

  • The first version of 'Anatevka' was a happy song, a portion of which was slowed down and became the basis for the final version. It was always thought to be titled 'Letters from America' because those words begin the first stanza and the very last stanza. Mr. Harnick, in checking his records, found (to his own surprise) that 'Letters from America' (written in 1962) was never the title and that it was called 'Anatevka' from the very beginning (including the Detroit tryout program).
  • It should be noted there were five versions of 'Anatevka', some similar to others and all using some of the same elements. Yet the first version is so different from the final they might as well be two different songs.
  • The song, 'Fiddler on the Roof', was given lyrics for a pop version, the music being taken from the 'Fiddler's Theme' used in the Prologue, Epilogue and as a part of 'Tradition'. While the theme was used in the show, the lyrics for this popular version were not. The music for the theme was from the middle section of a cut song titled "We've Never Missed a Sabbath Yet."
  • In the Detroit program a song 'A New World' was listed, but there is no such song. This was the title for a planned song but it was never written. There were many additional unused songs but these were written very early and discarded long before rehearsals. Some were just different lyrics to the same melody while others were variations of songs and and still others were completely different songs.

Alternate Titles

  • Anatevka (German title)
  • El violinista en el tejado (Spanish title)
  • Fiedler auf dem Dach (Title of some German-language productions)
  • Sumar na Strese (Czech title)
  • Tevye (working title)
  • Tevye and his Daughters (working title)
  • Un violon sur le toit (French title)

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