Studio Tenn Hits the Right Note with “Fiddler on the Roof”

Photo by Anthony Matula

Photo by Anthony Matula

This past weekend, Studio Tenn kicked off their fifth season and two celebrations were in order: calling Jamison Hall at The Factory in Franklin their new home and creating a beautiful production of the timeless classic “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The musical-comedy, which turns 50 this year as it first opened on Broadway in 1964, is the story of Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman with five daughters and a sharp-tongued wife Golde, set in the small village of Anatevka in 1905 czarist Russia. Based on the book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Tevye struggles with the cultural shifts and new ideas taking shape while old traditions begin to fade out. About how true love is starting to overthrow the customs of arranged marriages and how Tevye copes with his strong-willed three daughters.

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