Behind the Scenes

Surrealist painter Marc Chagall was the inspiration for the 1965 Tony award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof. The writers said that Chagall, who was known for his depiction of the difficulties and poignancy of Jewish life, sparked ideas for both the title and imagery of the production with a painting portraying a violinist seemingly floating over the roofs of a peasant village.

Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of a poor Jewish dairyman named Tevye who struggles to maintain his traditions in a changing society. “Without our traditions,” Tevye says, “our lives would be as shaky as … a fiddler on the roof.”

For 10 years Jane Jones has taught painting at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado. She creates her award-winning paintings in her Arvada, Colorado, studio.

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