By Philip Lambert
In fourteen years of collaboration, composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick wrote seven of Broadway's such a lot liked and remarkable musicals jointly, so much famously Fiddler at the Roof (1964), but in addition the long-lasting viewers favourite She Loves Me (1963), and the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Fiorello! (1959). With their attraction, humor, and boundless musical invention, their musicals have received eighteen Tony Awards and proceed to trap the imaginations of thousands world wide.
To Broadway, To Life!: The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick is the 1st entire publication approximately those artistic figures, considered one of Broadway's most vital songwriting groups. Drawing from large archival assets, and from own interviews and communications with Bock and Harnick themselves and their most crucial collaborators, writer Philip Lambert explores the essence of a Bock-Harnick show-how it really is prepare, and what makes it paintings. The ebook contains dialogue of songs akin to "Sunrise, sundown" and "If I have been a wealthy guy" that experience lengthy been favorites within the public realization, and it additionally explores an unlimited catalogue of lesser-known songs from their many different exhibits and works, together with a musical puppet convey on Broadway, tune for the 1964 World's reasonable, and a made-for-television musical. the following too is the 1st examine the little-known younger expert beginnings of Bock and Harnick in revues and tv exhibits and summer time retreats within the Nineteen Fifties, and the careers they've got solid for themselves with new collaborators within the many years considering that their partnership dissolved in 1970.
The musicals of Bock and Harnick got here at a transitional time in Broadway background, while the traditions of Rodgers and Hammerstein have been beginning to fall down to the idea that musical, the rock musical, and finally the mega-musical. To Broadway, To lifestyles! combines exhaustive learn, shut musical research, and interpretive serious research to put Bock and Harnick within the context of those occasions, and is helping determine their position within the heritage of the yankee musical theater.
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What happened next is remembered diﬀerently by those involved. ” Holofcener believes that Valando brought in Weiss to split up Bock and Holofcener, just as he had earlier turned Weiss against his former partner Bennie Benjamin. Holofcener contends that he and Bock had already written most of the songs for the show by that time, and that after Weiss came along Bock worked exclusively with Weiss to complete the score. What is not in dispute is that the experience dissolved a songwriting team that had thrived for the previous six years.
As we did the song, I remember (because of the background noise) [seeing] Tolkin’s head right [next to] the piano strings to hear the tune. He was a composer, actually, and a wonderful pianist. Max told us to stay and have a good time (or someone did) and oﬀ handedly said to report to work on Monday. 32 They remained with the newly named show throughout its ﬁrst season, January 25 until May 20, 1950, and, when it resumed the following fall, through December 1950 and possibly beyond. It is diﬃcult to determine exactly what Bock and Holofcener contributed to each show.
He began to collaborate with David Baker, the pianist and conductor’s assistant in Two’s Company, following a suggestion by that show’s music director, Milton Rosenstock. He also began looking for sketch writers for a new revue and became acquainted with Ira Wallach, the author of HopalongFreud (1951) and other satirical books, whose work Harnick had seen at a performance at a theater school in New York. As it happened, Wallach was interested in a project more ambitious than a revue, a full-length book musical based on some of the Horatio Alger, Jr.
To Broadway, To Life!: The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick by Philip Lambert