THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Winner Harvey Fierstein Shares His Theatregoing Experiences

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18 Sep 2013


Fiddler on the Roof 


"In 2005 I got the call to take over the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. With the blessings of Joe Stein, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, under the direction of David Leveaux, I stepped onto the stage of the Minskoff Theatre, my heart filled with that debt of gratitude for all Fiddler had given me for the last 40 years. I could barely speak. The experience was transcendent. And then, one day, while signing autographs at the stage door, a little Hassidic boy looked up into my eyes and asked, 'Are you really Jewish?' My eyes swelled with tears as I felt the debt repaid."

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