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'Fiddler on the Roof's' universal themes still resonate after 50 years
'Fiddler on the Roof's' universal themes still resonate after 50 years

On Sept. 22, 1964, after the long-awaited Broadway opening of "Fiddler on the Roof," invited guests gathered at New York's swank Rainbow Room to celebrate. The first review that came in that night was from Herald Tribune critic Walter Kerr, and it wasn't very good. But producer Harold Prince read it aloud to his guests anyway. "I can't resist reading this to you," he said that night, "because it's so irrelevant." Apparently so. Nearly eight years and 3,300 performances later, "Fiddler" became the longest-running show on Broadway. Winner of nine Tony Awards including best musical, "Fiddler" was still on Broadway when...

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