Bock, Jerry

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Jerry Bock, composer. Sheldon Harnick, lyricist. George Abbott and Jerome Weidman, book. John Weidman and Walter Bobbie, concert adaptation.

From the description of Tenderloin: typescript, 2000. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122313832

Jerry Bock, composer. Sheldon Harnick, lyricist. Joe Masteroff, librettist.

From the description of She loves me: typescript, 1993. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122531582

Jerry Bock, songwriter and composer of some of Broadway's most sucessful musicals, was born in 1928.

His musical talent was well known by the time he graduated from high school in June 1945. He wrote the score and some of the lyrics for Flushing High School's production My Dream, and his class voted him "Most Likely to Succeed." Then came Big As Life, an amateur musical he helped write while at the University of Wisconsin, which was a large enough hit to tour around the state of Wisconsin and run in Chicago. By 1950 Bock was collaborating with Larry Holofcener, composing music for early television shows, and spending the summer at the Tamiment Playhouse camp in the Poconos. The three seasons he spent at Tamiment under the guidance of producer Moe Hack gave him the ability to churn out songs for musicals.

His Broadway debut came in 1955 with three songs for the unsuccessful revue Catch a Star. Bock and Holofcener quickly garnered a hit the following year with two songs for the Broadway production Mr. Wonderful (starring Sammy Davis Jr.). During this time Bock supplemented his income by working as a staff writer for the music publisher Thomas Valando. Music he wrote made its way to the big screen in a Columbia Pictures short called Wonders of Manhattan. In 1958 Bock joined forces with lyricist Sheldon Harnick, with whom he would write seven musicals in the next twelve years. While their first production, The Body Beautiful, ran for less than 3 months, their work attracted the attention of producer Harold Prince and director George Abbott. They invited Bock and Harnick to do the music for Fiorello!, a Pulitzer Prize-winning production about the former mayor of New York City. Other Bock-Harnick musicals had varying levels of success, but none can compare to Fiddler on the Roof, which ranks up against the most significant works of the twentieth century.

From the description of Jerry Bock papers, 1945-2004. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 80088300

Jerry Bock, songwriter and composer of some of Broadway's most successful musicals, was born in 1928. His musical talent was well known by the time he graduated from high school in June 1945. He wrote the score and some of the lyrics for Flushing High School's production My Dream, and his class voted him "Most Likely to Succeed." Then came Big As Life, an amateur musical he helped write while at the University of Wisconsin, which was a large enough hit to tour around the state of Wisconsin and run in Chicago. By 1950 Bock was collaborating with Larry Holofcener, composing music for early television shows, and spending the summer at the Tamiment Playhouse camp in the Poconos. The three seasons he spent at Tamiment under the guidance of producer Moe Hack gave him the ability to churn out songs for musicals.

His Broadway debut came in 1955 with three songs for the unsuccessful revue Catch a Star. Bock and Holofcener quickly garnered a hit the following year with two songs for the Broadway production Mr. Wonderful (starring Sammy Davis Jr.). During this time Bock supplemented his income by working as a staff writer for the music publisher Thomas Valando. Music he wrote made its way to the big screen in a Columbia Pictures short called Wonders of Manhattan. In 1958 Bock joined forces with lyricist Sheldon Harnick, with whom he would write seven musicals in the next twelve years. While their first production, The Body Beautiful, ran for less than 3 months, their work attracted the attention of producer Harold Prince and director George Abbott. They invited Bock and Harnick to do the music for Fiorello!, a Pulitzer Prize-winning production about the former mayor of New York City. Other Bock-Harnick musicals had varying levels of success, but none can compare to Fiddler on the Roof, which ranks up against the most significant works of the twentieth century.

From the guide to the Jerry Bock papers, 1945-2008, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

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creatorOf Almagor, Dan. 880-01 Kanar ʻal ha-gag. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Records, 1927-1987 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Harnick, Sheldon. Papers, 1937-1968. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Cameron Porteous Fonds (University of Guelph). Fiddler on the Roof / by Joseph Stein, Gerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick ; directed by Duncan McIntosh ; designed by Cameron Porteous, 1996 - Set Model. University of Guelph
creatorOf Bock, Jerry. The apple tree / music, lyrics, and book by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick ; additional book material by Jerome Coopersmith ; based on stories by Mark Twain, Frank R. Stockton, and Jules Feiffer ; concert adaptation by David Ives, 2005. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). The Apple Tree / adapted by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick ; from Mark Twain's The Diary of Adam and Eve ; directed by Dean Regan ; musical director by Hank Monis, 1972 - reviews and articles. University of Guelph
creatorOf Bock, Jerry. Fiddler on the roof / music by Jerry Bock ; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick ; book by Joseph Stein ; based on the Sholom Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl, 2004. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). She Loves Me / book by Joe Mosteroff ; music by Jerry Bock ; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick ; based on the play by Miklos Laszlo ; directed by Bernard Hopkins, 1981 - reviews and articles. University of Guelph
referencedIn Robert A. Wilson slides, 1956-1969 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Harnick, Sheldon. 880-01 ha-Roṭshildim, behind the scenes. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). She Loves Me / book by Joe Mosteroff ; music by Jerry Bock ; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick ; based on the play by Miklos Laszlo ; directed by Bernard Hopkins, 1981 - production photos. University of Guelph
referencedIn Ruth Mitchell papers, 1887-1999, 1946-1999 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Harold Prince scores, 1955-1983 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Bock Jerry. Tenderloin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Brochu, Jim. Zero hour : a play in two acts / by Jim Brochu, 2009. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Apple Tree Project. [Correspondence and records / compiled by] Alan Rubenstein, Project coordinator. Oberlin College Library
creatorOf Bock, Jerry. Tenderloin: typescript, 2000. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Morton, Frederic. 880-01 ha-Roṭshildim. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Fiddler on the Roof / based on Sholem Aleichem Stories ; book by Joseph Stein ; music by Jerry Bock ; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick ; directed by Brian Longstaff, 1980 - house program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Jerome Robbins personal papers, 1896-2000 and undated, 1931-1998, dates The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Zero and Kate Mostel papers, 1915-1986 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). She Loves Me / book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, musical direction and orchestral adaptation by Paul Sportelli ; directed by Roger Hodgman, 2000 - performance files. University of Guelph
referencedIn Mostel, Zero, 1915-1977. Zero and Kate Mostel papers, 1915-1986. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Stein, Joseph, 1912-.... Fiddler on the roof [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Morton, Frederic. 880-01 ha-Roṭshildim. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Jerome Robbins Papers, 1930-2001, 1940-1998 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Jan Peerce collection of sound recordings, 1932-1983 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Records, 1927-1987 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Fiddler on the Roof / book by Joseph Stein, based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock ; directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, designer, Eric Bunnell, 2004 - technical drawings. University of Guelph
creatorOf Bock, Jerry. Sunrise, sunset / Jerry Bock ; arr. by W. Kasura. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Morton, Frederic. 880-01 ha-Roṭshildim. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Robbins, Jerome. Jerome Robbins personal papers, 1896-2000 and undated (1931-1998, bulk dates) New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Bock, Jerry. Jerry Bock papers, 1945-2004. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Mitchell, Ruth, 1919-2000. Ruth Mitchell papers, 1887-1999 (bulk 1946-1999). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Jerry Bock collection of audio-visual recordings, 1960-2006 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Fiddler on the Roof / book by Joseph Stein, based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock ; directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, 2004 - performance file. University of Guelph
referencedIn McNeely, Jerry. Papers, 1953-1988. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Prince, Harold, 1928-. Harold Prince papers, 1954-1999. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). She Loves Me / book by Joe Masteroff ; music by Jerry Bock ; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick ; musical direction and orchestral adaptation by Paul Sportelli ; directed by Roger Hodgman, 2000 - video. University of Guelph
referencedIn Harold Prince papers, 1954-1999 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Agor, Yaʻaḳov. 880-01 ha-Roṭshildim, rehearsals. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). She Loves Me / book by Joe Mosteroff ; music by Jerry Bock ; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick ; based on the play by Miklos Laszlo ; directed by Bernard Hopkins, 1981 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Bock, Jerry. She loves me: typescript, 1993. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Agor, Yaʻakov. 880-01 Kanar ʻal ha-gag. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Bugbee, Charles T. Lighting designs, 1952-1983. Williams College, Sawyer Library
creatorOf Prince, Harold, 1928-. Harold Prince scores, 1964-1983 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Bock, Jerry. The apple tree / music, lyrics, and book by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick ; additional book material by Jerome Coopersmith ; based on stories by Mark Twain, Frank R. Stockton, and Jules Feiffer, 2007. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Jerry Bock papers, 1945-2008 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). She Loves Me / book by Joe Masteroff ; music by Jerry Bock ; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick ; based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, originally directed and produced on Broadway by Harold Prince, in association with Lawrence N. Kasha and Philip C. McKenna, original orchestrations by Don Walker, adapted by Frank Matosich, Jr. ; directed by Roger Hodgman, 2000 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). She Loves me / book by Joe Masteroff ; music by Jerry Bock ; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, originally directed and produced on Broadway by Harold Prince in association with Lawrence N. Kasha and Philip C. McKenna, original orchestrations by Don Walker, adapted by Frank Matosich, Jr., musical direction and orchestral adaptation by Paul Sportelli ; directed by Roger Hodgman, designed by Patrick Clark, 2000 - Production Photos. University of Guelph
referencedIn Robbins, Jerome. Jerome Robbins Papers, 1930-2001 (bulk 1940-1998). New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Stein, Joseph, 1912-.... Fiddler on the roof [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
Stein, Joseph, 1912-.... Fiddler on the roof [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
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associatedWith Abbott, George, 1887-1995. person
associatedWith Adam (Biblical figure) person
associatedWith American Music Collection corporateBody
associatedWith Apple Tree Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Berger, Sidney L person
associatedWith Bobbie, Walter, 1945- person
associatedWith Brochu, Jim. person
associatedWith Bugbee, Charles T. person
associatedWith Cameron Porteous Fonds (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Coopersmith, Jerome. person
associatedWith Eve (Biblical figure) person
associatedWith Feiffer, Jules person
associatedWith Fierstein, Harvey, 1954- person
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Griffin, Gary, 1945- person
associatedWith Harnick, Sheldon. person
associatedWith Holofcener, Lawrence. person
associatedWith Ives, David. person
associatedWith Kasura, Walter J. person
associatedWith Leveaux, David. person
associatedWith Lindsay, John V. (John Vliet) person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Masteroff, Joe. person
associatedWith McNeely, Jerry. person
associatedWith Mitchell, Ruth, 1919-2000. person
associatedWith Mostel, Zero, 1915-1977. person
associatedWith New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Billy Rose Theatre Division. Theatre on Film and Tape. corporateBody
associatedWith New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Billy Rose Theatre Division. Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. corporateBody
associatedWith New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Billy Rose Theatre Division. Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. corporateBody
associatedWith Peerce, Jan, 1904-1984 person
associatedWith Perl, Arnold. person
associatedWith Prince, Harold, 1928- person
associatedWith Robbins, Jerome. person
associatedWith Roundabout Theatre Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Sholem Aleichem, 1859-1916 person
associatedWith Stein, Joseph person
associatedWith Stein, Joseph. person
associatedWith Stockton, Frank Richard, 1834-1902 person
associatedWith Tamiment Playhouse. corporateBody
associatedWith The New York Public Library, Billy Rose Theatre Collection, Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. corporateBody
associatedWith The New York Public Library, Billy Rose Theatre Collection, Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. corporateBody
associatedWith Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 person
associatedWith Weidman, Jerome, 1913-1998. person
associatedWith Weidman, John, 1946- person
associatedWith Weiss, George (George David) person
associatedWith Wilson, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922- person
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New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Russia
New York (State)--New York
Subject
Musical theater--New York (State)--New York
Musicals--Excerpts, Arranged--Manuscripts--Scores and parts
Children's theater
Families--Drama
Jews--Drama
Marriage--Drama
Musical theater
Musicals
Man-woman relationships--Drama
Fathers and daughters--Drama
Musicals--Vocal scores with piano
Plucked instrument ensembles, Arranged--Manuscripts--Scores and parts
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Birth 1928-11-23

Death 2010-11-03

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