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Jerry Bock

Composer, Choreographer, Writer, Lyricist
( b. Nov 23, 1928 New Haven, Connecticut, USA - d. Nov 03, 2010 Westchester, New York, USA ) Male
Also known as: Jerrold Lewis Bock [Birthname]
Jerry Bock who is most known as the composer for the indelible score to Fiddler on the Roof, and collaborator with longtime creative partner, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, on other shows during a prolific 15 years beginning in 1956. Fiddler contained nearly all of Mr. Bock's compositions that are familiar to the wider public, including "If I Were a Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset." But among theatre fans, his scores (with lyricist Harnick) for She Loves Me, Fiorello! and The Rothschilds are equally treasured.

Bock was raised in Flushing, Queens. He studied the piano from an early age and was soon able to play complicated compositions by ear. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he wrote a musical titled Big As Life, about Paul Bunyan, which toured the state and had a run in Chicago. After graduation he spent three summers at the Tamiment Playhouse in the Poconos and wrote for early television revues with lyricist Larry Holofcener. Despite his reputation as a composer, Mr. Bock had, from early on, equal ambitions to write lyrics. He made his Broadway debut in 1955 with the revue Catch a Star, in which he collaborated on both the music and words with Holofcener and George Weiss. Mr. Bock was often lucky in his interpreters. Nearly all of his and Harnick's musicals featured a towering central performance that captured not only the spirit of the character, but of the show itself.

Mr. Bock's last major project was 1040, a musical about the tax code written with Jerry Sterner. It had a read-through in November 1997 at the Musical Theatre Lab at the University of Houston School of Theatre. Sterner ended up presenting 1040 the following year as a play.

Source: Playbill.com




Productions Date of Productions
The Apple Tree
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
  • Book by Jerry Bock
Dec 14, 2006 - Mar 11, 2007
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
[Musical, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Jerry Bock
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Jerry Bock
Dec 11, 2005 - Feb 19, 2006
Barbara Cook's Broadway!
[Special, Concert, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Jerry Bock
Mar 28, 2004 - Apr 18, 2004
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Feb 26, 2004 - Jan 08, 2006
Mostly Sondheim
[Special, Solo, Concert, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Jerry Bock
Jan 14, 2002 - Aug 25, 2002
She Loves Me
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Jun 10, 1993 - Jun 19, 1994
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Nov 18, 1990 - Jun 16, 1991
Jerome Robbins' Broadway
[Musical, Revue, Dance, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Jerry Bock
Feb 26, 1989 - Sep 01, 1990
Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre
[Special, Concert, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Jerry Bock
Apr 15, 1987 - Apr 26, 1987
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Jul 09, 1981 - Aug 23, 1981
The Madwoman of Central Park West
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Featuring songs with music by Jerry Bock
Jun 13, 1979 - Aug 25, 1979
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Dec 28, 1976 - May 21, 1977
The Rothschilds
[Musical, Original]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Oct 19, 1970 - Jan 01, 1972
The Apple Tree
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
  • Book by Jerry Bock
Oct 18, 1966 - Nov 25, 1967
Generation
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Incidental music by Jerry Bock
Oct 06, 1965 - Jun 25, 1966
Baker Street
[Musical, Original]
  • The songs "Buffalo Belle," "Cold Clear World of the Intellect" and "I Shall Miss You Holmes" by Jerry Bock
Feb 16, 1965 - Nov 14, 1965
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Original]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Sep 22, 1964 - Jul 02, 1972
She Loves Me
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Apr 23, 1963 - Jan 11, 1964
Man in the Moon
[Musical, Puppets, Original]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Apr 11, 1963 - Apr 21, 1963
Never Too Late
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Choreographed by Jerry Bock
  • "Never Too Late" cha-cha by Jerry Bock
Nov 27, 1962 - Apr 24, 1965
Tenderloin
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Oct 17, 1960 - Apr 23, 1961
Fiorello!
[Musical, Original]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Nov 23, 1959 - Oct 28, 1961
The Body Beautiful
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Jan 23, 1958 - Mar 15, 1958
Mr. Wonderful
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
  • Lyrics by Jerry Bock
Mar 22, 1956 - Feb 23, 1957
Special Events Date of Special Events
She Loves Me
[Special, Benefit, Concert, Revival]
  • Music by Jerry Bock
Dec 05, 2011 - Dec 05, 2011
Back From Broadway
[Special, Concert, Benefit, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Jerry Bock
Jun 17, 2002 - Jun 17, 2002
1971 Tony Award® Best Original Score
 The Rothschilds [nominee]
Music by Jerry Bock
1967 Tony Award® Best Composer and Lyricist
 The Apple Tree [nominee]
Music by Jerry Bock
1967 Tony Award® Best Musical
 The Apple Tree [nominee]
Book by Jerry Bock; Music by Jerry Bock
1965 Tony Award® Best Composer and Lyricist
winnerFiddler on the Roof [winner]
Music by Jerry Bock
1965 Tony Award® Best Musical
winnerFiddler on the Roof [winner]
Music by Jerry Bock
1964 Tony Award® Best Musical
 She Loves Me [nominee]
Music by Jerry Bock
1960 Tony Award® Best Musical
winnerFiorello! [winner]
Music by Jerry Bock
1960 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
winnerFiorello! [winner]
Music by Jerry Bock
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