In 1964, “No memorable songs from the production,” was what Variety critics wrote about the new Broadway musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Hits like “Tradition,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” quickly proved the critics entirely wrong. The show went on to set records, including being the first musical to surpass 3,000 performances and the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years. It was extraordinarily profitable and won nine Tony Awards. In 1971, it became a major motion picture which won numerous Oscars and Golden Globes.
“Fiddler on the Roof” is about a father with five daughters who attempts to keep the family’s religious and cultural traditions intact while preventing outside influences from impacting their lives. The story is timeless.
A new untraditional documentary about the musical’s lasting popularity and impact on society will be playing at the Sunrise Theater for two screenings only. “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” features interviews with the show’s original creators and contemporary artist including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Stephen Sondheim. The movie examines the origin story behind the beloved musical and its creative roots in early 1960s New York when "tradition" was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving.
Showtimes are Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10, reserved seating and can be purchased online at SunriseTheater.com, at the Sunrise office, or by calling (910) 692-3611, Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m.
The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines.