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‘Fiddler on the Roof’ voted best musical of year; depicts Jewish life

“Fiddler on the Roof,” a musical drama based on stories by Sholem Aleichem, depicting Jewish life in a Czarist Russian “shtetl,” was voted here yesterday by the New York Drama Critics Circle as the best musical on the Broadway stage during the current season. Of the 19 critics present and voting, 14 cast their ballots for “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The play, which opened last September 22, has been a huge box office and critical success, tickets having been sold out in advance well into 1966. It stars Zero Mostel as Tevya the Milkman. Joseph Stein wrote the book for the play, music was composed by Jerry Brock, while Jerome Robbins staged and choreographed the production.