Fiddler on the Roof [Original Broadway Cast] [2003 Deluxe Collectors Edition]

Fiddler on the Roof [Original Broadway Cast] [2003 Deluxe Collectors Edition]

by Zero Mostel


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Few (if any) Broadway performances have garnered the plaudits bestowed upon Fiddler on the Roof (1964), which opened on the Great White Way September 22, 1964 at the Imperial Theater. It likewise broke Hello, Dolly!'s (1964) achievement for longest-running consecutive performances. The immortal Zero Mostel (Tevye) heads up a luminous ensemble, rounded out by Bea Arthur (Yente) and Bert Convy (Perchik), among other notables. The plot pivots on Tevye, a Jewish milkman, his three daughters: Hodel, Chava and Tzeitel, and faithful wife Golde. While the characters survival in turn-of-the-century Russia remains both heart-warming and undeniably tragic, it is the score of Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) that is at the center . The unforgettable original Broadway cast recording has been updated on this Broadway Deluxe Collector's Edition from RCA Victor. Thanks to a thorough digital remastering, the music has never sounded better. Classics such as "Tradition," "If I Were a Rich Man," "To Life," "Miracle of Miracles," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "Do You Love Me?" are but a few of the numbers that live beyond the context of the stage. The bonus tracks are two additional readings of "If I Were a Rich Man" from renown pianist/arranger Richard Leonard and the Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra. Other supplementary materials include spoken segments with lyricist Harnick from An Evening With... (1971) , as well as a February 2003 interview. His illuminations provide insight to songs written then subsequently removed from the finished product and the logistics of documenting the Broadway cast. The packaging boasts a 15-page booklet replete with rare photos, condensed plot summaries, and respectively historical essays. Without hesitation, the 2003 Deluxe Collectors Edition of Fiddler on the Roof is recommended as the most comprehensive assessment of such a time-honored title.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2003
Label: Rca Victor Broadway
UPC: 0828765143028
catalogNumber: 51430

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zero Mostel   Primary Artist,Vocals,cast
Sheldon Harnick   Vocals,Spoken Word,Interviewee
Vladimir Spivakov   Conductor
Richard Leonard   Piano
Austin Pendleton   Vocals,cast
Leonard Frey   Vocals,cast
Bea Arthur   Vocals,cast
Bert Convy   Vocals,cast
Milton Greene   Musical Direction
Maria Karnilova   Vocals,cast
Sue Babel   Vocals,cast
Ross Gifford   Vocals,cast
Gluck Sandor   Vocals,cast
Carol Sawyer   Vocals,cast
Tanya Everett   Vocals,cast
Michael Granger   Vocals,cast
Julia Migenes   Vocals,cast
Joanna Merlin   Vocals,cast
Paul Lipson   Vocals,cast
Moscow Virtuosi   Performing Ensemble
Fiddler on the Roof Cast Ensemble   cast
Fiddler on the Roof Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Vincent Caro   Producer,Engineer
Delroy Hines   Composer
Maurice Levine   Producer,Original Album Producer
Ernie Oelrich   Engineer
Winston Rodney   Composer
Jay David Saks   Producer,Original Album Producer
Rupert Willington   Composer
Andy Wiswell   Producer,Original Album Producer
George R. Marek   Audio Production
Milton Greene   Vocal Arrangements
Jerome Robbins   Director
Steven Suskin   Liner Notes
Johnny Dee   Engineer
Don Walker   Orchestration
Daniel Guss   Liner Notes
Tony Faulkner   Engineer

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Fiddler on the Roof [Original Broadway Cast Recording] 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While listening to this CD one can almost see the action of the drama happening right before his eyes. The songs are very lyrical and there is quite a bit of dialogue included on the tracks. The musicianship of the performers is very evident. This CD is great for any lover or non-lover of The Fiddler on the Roof.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The actor's voices are far better than those on the movie casts', and the performance of "Far From the Home I Love" is beautiful. Zero Mostel really adds warmth and humor and everyone is very in character. My only problem with it is that at times, the arrangements are not climactic enough. Overall excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I didn't already know Fiddler, and was forming an opinion based on this recording, I would hate this show. While the vocalists are very talented, their voices don't fit the style. The movie sound track or a newer production from the stage would be a better buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that it was a great site but what i was really looking for when i came to this site was the lyrics for the songs which are very hard to find, and i was hoping that you would have them but you did not so i was disapointed in that sense. Other than that I enjoyed it.
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