Book Review: Sounds crazy, no?

The iconic ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ celebrates 50 years – and inspires another behind-the-scenes book.

December 4, 2014 14:24
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‘Fiddler on the Roof'

A 2008 staging of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in London.. (photo credit: THWAITES/FLICKR)

Unfortunately for Barbara Isenberg, it is impossible to read her latest book Tradition!: The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway- to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World’s Most Beloved Musical, and not compare it to 2013’s Wonder of Wonders by Alisa Solomon, covering largely the same topic.

Luckily, the 50-year history of the Broadway-show-turned-film and subsequent international sensation is rich and engrossing, providing more than enough material to keep readers and fans engaged.


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