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Wonder Of Wonders: How 'Fiddler' Pervaded Pop Culture

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sholem Aleichem, the Yiddish author and playwright who penned the original stories about Tevye.

It’s been almost 50 years since the musical Fiddler on the Roof made its Broadway debut. But the story of Tevye and his marriageable daughters started long before that — and its influence has continued long after. Alisa Solomon, Columbia University journalism professor, authored the new book Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler On The Roof. 

Solomon speaks with Soundcheck host John Schaefer about how the Broadway musical has worked its way into traditional Jewish culture -- and why half a century after its birth, "Fiddler" is still referenced so often in pop culture today. 

Once you start looking for them, "Fiddler On The Roof" references abound in modern-day pop culture. Watch a couple of them below.


Alisa Solomon

Comments [2]

Laurie from Wilmington, DE

I'm not Jewish but I was the stage manager for a production of Fiddler in college. It was a great experience and I think back on it fondly. Our Tevye had an amazing voice!

Oct. 24 2013 04:26 PM
Chris from NYC

Come on dude - please don't refer to "Rich Girl" as a Gwen Stefani song. That's like referring to "Roll over Beethoven" as a Beatles song.

Oct. 22 2013 09:52 PM

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