Thursday, January 23, 2014
Fiddler on the Roof made its Broadway debut 50 years ago, on September 22, 1964 at the Imperial Theatre. To mark this anniversary year, we will be posting videos from around the world during 2014 depicting different interpretations of this classic show, and later, film.
The lead role of Tevye the milkman has been played by many actors starting with Zero Mostel, the original Tevye. Although the role cries out for a Yiddishe interpretation, many of the actors portraying Tevye on the stage have not been "members of the Tribe."
In May 1999 Josh Groban was an 18-year-old student at the Los Angeles High School of the Arts. As a member of the Musical Theatre Ensemble he was given the leading role of Tevye. Within a few years of this performance he was producing multi-platinum albums and in 2007 he was charted as the number-one best selling artist in the United States with over 21 million records in the nation. To date, he has sold over 25 million records worldwide, including his hit songs You Raise Me Up, The Prayer, and For Always.
Here's Groban's debut as Tevye in the opening number, Tradition. Enjoy!
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)