Facts about Fiddler on the Roof

A former professor of music and humanities, Ellen Bowen has decades of experience as a choir director. Since 2015, Ellen Bowen has directed a number of acclaimed productions for the Grosse Pointe Community Theatre including a staging of Fiddler on the Roof, which was nominated by Playbill’s Broadway Detroit Magazine as the best community theater musical in 2017.

Fiddler on the Roof centers on a father’s struggle to uphold his Jewish traditions in the midst of cultural and social upheaval in 1905 Russia. The original production opened on Broadway in 1964 and earned nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A film adaptation was released in 1971.

A popular play for community theaters, Fiddler on the Roof features iconic musical numbers like Matchmaker, Matchmaker and If I Were a Rich Man, the latter sung by the lead character Tevye.

Directed by Ellen Bowen, Grosse Pointe Community Theatre’s staging of Fiddler on the Roof had a one-month run in early 2017 at Michigan’s Grosse Pointe War Memorial.