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Jerry Bock Dies Of Heart Failure Aged 81


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Jerry Bock, the Tony-award winning composer who famously wrote the score to the musical 'Fiddler on the Roof', has died of heart failure aged 81, reports ABC News. Bock passed away at the Northern Westchester Medical Center in Mount Kisco New York four days after suffering from a stroke.

Many of his compositions for 'Fiddler' became well known songs in their own right, such as 'If I Were a Rich Man', 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker', and 'Sunrise, Sunet'. The musical debuted in 1964 and immediately gained critical acclaim. It ran for a further six years and has since been performed countless times on Broadway and on tour. Bock worked closely with creative partner and lyricists SHELDON HARNICK, and the pair produced a number of successful scores, most notably for 'She Loves Me', 'Fiorello!', and 'The Rothschilds'. However, the duo fell out in 1970 and Bock's career on Broadway never recovered.

The composer's death comes only two weeks after the passing of Joseph Stein, the 'Fiddler on the Roof' librettist, who died on 24th October 2010 at the age of 98 after suffering from prostate cancer.

Fiddler On The Roof Writer Dies


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Fiddler on the Roof playwright Joseph Stein has died in New York. He was 98.

Stein passed away at a medical centre in Manhattan on Sunday (24Oct10) after suffering complications from a fall. He had also been battling prostate cancer, reports the Associated Press.

His greatest success came after transforming a short story into the hit Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, for which he won two Tony Awards. He also had a hand in adapting the production for the big screen.

Stein wrote the storylines for several other musicals, including Zorba, Mr. Wonderful and Plain and Fancy.

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At The Opening Night Of The Broadway Play 'Desire Under The Elms' At The St. James Theatre

Joseph Stein Monday 27th April 2009 at the opening night of the Broadway play 'Desire Under the Elms' at the St. James Theatre New York City, USA

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Fiddler On The Roof Review


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As an art form, musicals are dubious at best. Musicals started out bloated and cliché-ridden in the days of Busby Berkeley, and thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Co. many of today's musicals are even more bloated and cliché-ridden. Like Vegas shows and daytime soaps, most Broadway musicals seem so bad to me that I have never understood how any human being could get any entertainment value out of them --- much less millions of people.

So it has always been amazing to me that a few musicals actually aspired to be clever, serious-minded works of art. And several of them (My Fair Lady, Singin' in the Rain, South Pacific, West Side Story) have been made into classic films as well. In my opinion, Fiddler on the Roof stands at the top, both as a musical and as a film.

Continue reading: Fiddler On The Roof Review

Fiddler On The Roof Review


Essential
As an art form, musicals are dubious at best. Musicals started out bloated and cliché-ridden in the days of Busby Berkeley, and thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Co. many of today's musicals are even more bloated and cliché-ridden. Like Vegas shows and daytime soaps, most Broadway musicals seem so bad to me that I have never understood how any human being could get any entertainment value out of them --- much less millions of people.

So it has always been amazing to me that a few musicals actually aspired to be clever, serious-minded works of art. And several of them (My Fair Lady, Singin' in the Rain, South Pacific, West Side Story) have been made into classic films as well. In my opinion, Fiddler on the Roof stands at the top, both as a musical and as a film.

Continue reading: Fiddler On The Roof Review

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