Based on the timeless stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof is a family musical about the bonds that hold husbands and wives and parents and children together in times of hardship and times of joy. As Tevye, a humble milkman and father, wrestles with the new customs of a younger generation, he is punctuated by an unforgettable score that weaves the haunting strains of "Sunrise, Sunset" and the rousing "If I Were A Rich Man" with the exuberant "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and triumphant "Tradition." When his daughters choose suitors who defy his idea of a proper match, Tevye comes to realize, through a series of incidents that are at once comic and bittersweet, that his children will begin traditions of their own. At the story's close, the villagers of Anatevka are forced to leave their homes and even the sturdy customs that have guided their everyday life begin to crumble. It is this enforced loss of the rigid traditions and home life that Tevye has tried so tenaciously to preserve that actually leads the family to reconcile and draw closer. Almost forty five years and a generation later, new audiences can identify and take heart as they experience the tradition in great musical theatre that is Fiddler on the Roof.