Fiddler on the Roofwas made in to a musical by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick in 1964. It was the fourth of their musicals to be produced by Harold Prince. Although the musical had no pretty scenery, no exotic costumes, average looking girls and no happy ending, the musical sends a clear message to the world. The story reveals the life of the Jewish people living in the Czarist Russia. In Russia and many parts of
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climax. During the Epilogue song and the finale the Jewish people of Antevka are forced to leave Russia and begin their lives again.
But at he end of the production when all the Jews are leaving the Fiddler is still playing the violin and Tevya is still smiling. No matter what tasks the Jews face, whether it be persecution, pogroms or any mindless cruelty, they will keep on playing and never give up the faith.