Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories

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Of all the characters in modern Jewish fiction, the most beloved is Tevye, the buoyant, ingenious, compassionate, resilient, irrepressible, anxious, philosophical, God-loving, God-fearing, Bible-quoting dairyman whose life embodies the existence of a Jew in Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

This program presents six of the eight Tevye stories, which span the period from 1894 to 1914. It includes Today's Children, Hodl, Chava and Lekh Lekho--the four tales that provided the genesis for the enchanting, enduring musical Fiddler on the Roof--in addition to Tevye Strikes It Rich and Tevye Blows a Small Fortune.

Sholem Aleichem brought to his writing an amazing mixture of giddy energy, a recklessness of language and emotion, and a dizzying sweep of wildly funny and wrenchingly painful scenes. The tales of Tevye's adventures, pleasures and sorrows, as told in this brilliant reading by Theodore Bikel--who to millions around the world is Tevye--to vibrant life the simple and joyous, yet precarious and sometimes outright dangerous, history of Russian Jewry during a time of sweeping historical, familial and religious change.

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Theodore Bikel began his acting career at the Habimah Theatre in Israel. He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and appeared in several West End productions, including A Streetcar Named Desire. In America, Mr. Bikel has starred in numerous Broadway hits, including The Sound of Music, Zorba and Fiddler on the Roof. He has made some 35 motion pictures, and has guest-starred in almost every top dramatic television series. An accomplished concert and recording artist, Mr. Bikel also makes over 60 concert appearances each year, and has recorded 20 albums.

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More literate devotees use the collective title THE TRAGEDY OF TEVYE AND HIS DAUGHTERS for these first-person narratives of the lovable shtetl dairyman in turn-of-the-century Russia. Despite their warm, gentle humor, a fin-de-siecle melancholy anticipates the end of the czarist world and the rural, Jewish subculture within it. If anyone should know this material, it's Theo Bikel, the Israeli-American folk-singer and actor, who performed the role of Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the musical based on this, the most universally beloved of all Yiddish fiction. And sure enough, he gives a thoroughly idiomatic interpretation. Some may be disappointed that he reined in the sentimentality, but others, less nostalgically attached to Old World ways, will find it an enhancement. Y.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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