Tom Bosley

'Fiddler On Roof' Lyricist Talks About Show's Beginnings

'Fiddler On Roof' Lyricist Talks About Show's Beginnings

A Broadway musical about a Jewish shtetl, a Russian pogrom and a poor milkman who talks to God? Sounds crazy, no?

"To us it was simply the next show to do," says Sheldon Harnick, who wrote the lyrics to the show that would become the beloved international classic "Fiddler on the Roof." "We were hoping that if we did our job right, it would run a year or two."

Instead, it ran nearly eight years for 3,242 performances, becoming in its day the longest running musical in Broadway history, spinning off countless productions around the globe, a 1971 hit film and four Broadway revival — with a fifth slated for fall of 2015 directed by Bartlett Sher...