First Edition of Fiddler on the Roof; Inscribed by Sheldon Harnick
Fiddler on the Roof.
Stein, Joseph, Book by, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.$1,250.00
Item Number: 101744
New York: Crown Publishers, 1964.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the lyricist Sheldon Harnick on the title page, “For John: Sheldon Harnick 12/16/15.” Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket drawing by Tom Morrow.
Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one's choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of their Jewish faith and heritage – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run. It remains the seventeenth longest-running show in Broadway history. The production was extraordinarily profitable and highly acclaimed. It won nine Tony Awards, including best musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It spawned five Broadway revivals and a highly successful 1971 film adaptation and has enjoyed enduring international popularity. It has also been a popular choice for school and community productions.