Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof (Paperback)

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In the half-century since its premiere, "Fiddler on the Roof" has become a supremely potent cultural landmark, beloved by audiences the world over. Now, in a history as captivating as its subject, award-winning drama critic Alisa Solomon traces how and why the story of Tevye the milkman, the creation of the great Yiddish writer Sholem-Aleichem, was reborn as blockbuster entertainment and a cultural touchstone, not only for Jews and not only in America.

It is first a story of the theater, as Solomon follows Tevye from his humble appearance on the New York Yiddish stage, through his adoption by leftist dramatists as a symbol of oppression, to his Broadway debut and his starring role in a major Hollywood picture. And it is a cultural story, of a show that spoke to the deepest conflicts and desires the world over: the fraying of tradition, generational tension, the loss of roots. Entertaining and original, "Wonder of Wonders" reveals the profound legacy of a show about tradition that itself became a tradition.

About the Author

Alisa Solomon is Professor of English/Journalism at Baruch College-City University of New York, and of English and Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she also serves as executive director for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250058706
ISBN-10: 1250058708
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014
Pages: 448
Language: English