Talk about “Tradition”! Fiddler on the Roof has become somewhat of a New York tradition in itself, having seen no less than five Broadway revivals since its ground-breaking (and record-breaking) Broadway premiere in 1964. The most recent revival on the Great White Way, which opened in December 2015, was led by the incomparable Danny Burstein as Tevye, resulting in his sixth Tony Award nomination for his particularly affable portrayal. But now, New York City is experiencing a first, decades after the classic musical’s premiere.
Full disclosure - I saw Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway in 1965. My sister and I sat audience left very close to the front and I think the tickets were $9.95. I wasn't crazy for Mostel who was doing schtick that made the audience howl but had nothing to do with the story. It bugged me. Even at 15 I was one smart shiksa.