The new musical stars veteran performer Chris DeCarlo, who once again assays the role of the beloved author, a characterization which has been enjoyed by more than a quarter of a million audience members, and Evelyn Rudie, who has created and portrayed more than three dozen Sholom Aleichem
characters in over 2,000 performances to date.
Maurice Samuel was the first person to translate into English the work of so many Yiddish writers: Sholom Aleichem
, Sholem Asch, Y.
"The Humor of Sholom Aleichem
." Review of The World of Sholom Aleichem
, by Maurice Samuel, Partisan Review 10, no.
In one of Sholom Aleichem
's satires, written in America in 1915, the beloved Yiddish humorist notes that it is fashionable to buy in advance a plot in a cemetery.
(24) This title, with its obvious reference to a character and imaginary town from Sholom Aleichem
's works, caught the latter's attention.
In the past, featured authors have included Sholom Aleichem
, Herman Wok, Mark Helprin and children's author Daniel Pinkwater.
Based on stories by Sholom Aleichem
- with a book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick - the musical views the unraveling of family life in a small, remote peasant town in Czarist Russia through the eyes of Tevye the dairyman.
The Jewish Community in the Writings of Karl Emil Franzos, Sholom Aleichem
, and Shmuel Yosef Agnon, by Miriam Roshwald.
Some of that literature is accessible to English readers: Sholom Aleichem
, author of Tevye the Milkman (later popularized as Fiddler on the Roof), Isaac Bashevis Singer and I.
That Irving grew up in the middle of it all, just a few blocks from the house on Kelly Street where Sholom Aleichem
died, made him, to my way of thinking, no more a partial Jew than Maurice Chevalier was a partial Frenchman.
The stories of Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem
seemed an unlikely subject for a musical.