The Fiddler Weeps

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Two of the Broadway titans who created Fiddler on the Roof have just left us: Joseph Stein, author of Fiddler’s libretto, died on Sunday October 24; Jerry Bock, composer of Fiddler’s music, died yesterday (11/3/10).

May their memories be for blessing.

Although all five of these great artists all had many other accomplishments, what the Fiddler team created together is now universally acknowledged as one of mankind’s greatest cultural treasures.

For the record, when I use the term “the Fiddler team,” I also include Jerome Robbins and Boris Aronson (both of whom left us ages ago).  Sheldon Harnick is now the last survivor, &  I pray he will be here with us to celebrate Fiddler’s 50th anniversary in September 2014.

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 Click HERE to read my review of 40th anniversary productions

(source of the Broadway photo above)

From left: Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, & Joseph Stein

(Note Alfred Molina as Teyve in right corner)

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    • Henry Nussbaum
    • November 4, 2010

    Heaven will now be an even happier place. The entertainnment possibilities are endless!

    • Ernie Smolen
    • November 7, 2010

    Truly a loss to the Music community and to the Broadway stage. “Fiddler” was and is a classic. It will remain one of Broadway’s shows that will live forever. It played around the world in many languages, entertaining a vast diverse audience. May the memories of Joe Stein and Jerry Bock be for a blessing.

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