Museum at Eldridge Creates New Walking Tour Inspired by Fiddler on the Roof

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The Museum at Eldridge has created a new walking tour inspired by the musical Fiddler on the Roof and its upcoming Broadway revival. They write:

As the curtain falls on Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye is leaving his home in Anatevka and heading to America. In real life, some two and a half million Jews left Eastern Europe at the turn of the last century and headed to New York’s Lower East Side. Our musical walking tour explores the stories, streets and landmark sites of immigrant life. We’ll see where real life revolutionaries like Perchik preached, hardworking housewives like Golde bargained, and tailors like Motel worked and fell in love. 

Beginning this Sunday, Sept. 20th, the tour, “After Anatevka,” which includes live accompaniment provided by violist Nikki Federman, will weave the Fiddler story with “8 Acts,” or stops, at Jewish historic sites of interest on the Lower East Side including the Hester Street market, Kletzker Brotherly Aid Society Seward Park and Library, Yeshiva Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem, and the former site of the Forward Newspaper.

Amy Stein-Milford, Deputy Director at the museum, tells us that Fiddler on the Roof cast member Ben Rappaport, who will play Perchik, will be joining the tour on Sunday.

Along with this new tour, the museum is presenting a host of special programs in support of the Fiddler on the Roof theme.  These are: Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof book talk with author Alisa Solomon (Sunday, November 1); Fidl: 21st Century Masters of the Klezmer Violin with Jake Shulman-Ment, Deborah Struass, and Alicia Svigals (Tuesday, November 3); Tevye’s First Thanksgiving family event (Sunday, November 22); and A Fiddler Theater Party to benefit the Museum (December 10).

12 Eldridge St., (between Canal and Division) // 11 a.m. // $25  //includes light refreshments // Reservations required.  www.eldridgestreet.org/events.