#TevyeThursday (4/17/14)

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Sometimes I think, “When it gets too quiet up there, You say to Yourself, ‘What kind of mischief can I play on my friend Tevye?”

The role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof was first played by Tony and Obie Award-winner Samuel Joel “Zero” Mostel, “an American actor and comedian of stage and screen, best known for his portrayal of comic characters such as Tevye on stage in Fiddler on the Roof, Pseudolus on stage and on screen in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Max Bialystock in the original film version of The Producers” (from Wikipedia).


The other name most commonly associated with the role of Tevye is Chaim Topol, who played the role in the movie adaptation of the musical and has since performed the role live in countless stage productions. According to the Wikipedia entry about Tevye, “the part [in the movie] ultimately went to Topol, as producer-director Normal Jewison felt that Mostel’s portrayal was too broadly comic” (source).


Many other notable names have also tackled the role, including:

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