From the Rooftops

Joe Stein, the librettist of Fiddler on the Roof passed away at the ripe old age of 98 a few days ago.

As a Jew, and the daughter of immigrant parents, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the show, as many people do. And though he wrote many other books for many other shows, Fiddler is Joe Stein’s greatest legacy.

And despite being a beloved show and movie, Stein commented just a few years ago: “Look, if I had the opportunity to work on Fiddler now, there are a couple of little things I’d like to change. You can always improve something. Nothing is ever really perfect.”

Sometimes it’s those imperfections that make things more colorful, and make them great… but like any artist knows, we are always our own harshest critics.

Mr. Stein’s work and his work ethic will continue to inspire many theatre artists, professionals and novices, for years to come.


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