2021-2022 Season,  Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler Study Guide Trivia – Answer Key

Answers by Spencer Fields and Thomas Jenson, dramaturgs

Here are the answers to the study guide’s trivia questions. How many did you get right?

  1. False. The show flopped in Detroit, prompting the creative team to make some major changes before they opened to warmer audiences in New York.
  2. b. Tevye and His Daughters was not a name considered for the Broadway musical; it was one name among others that Sholem Aleichem gave his original collection of short stories.

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  3. c. 50. Only 15 of those 50 songs made it into the show.
  4. a. 9. The show was nominated for 10 and won 9 Tony Awards.
  5. b. 3,242. It was the first Broadway show to ever surpass 3,000 performances
  6. In the Heights. According to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Fiddler informed how he treats the themes of community, tradition, and change in his own show.
  7. a. Marlon Brando was never considered to play the role of Tevye.
  8. d. 2018. While there was a Yiddish production as early as 1965, it wasn’t performed in the United States until 2018. Audiences loved the show so much that its run got extended 3 times and then moved Off-Broadway, where its run was extended 4 more times.

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