Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick were a majorly successful Tony Award winning songwriting duo who together created one musical theatre hit after another. And for your convenience, here is our list of the classic and ground-breaking Bock and Harnick musicals, sorted chronologically.
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Bock and Harnick Musicals
The Body Beautiful (1958)
Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: Joseph Stein, Will Glickman
This was the first collaboration between Bock and Harnick. And, although it was not a major success, it did grab the attention of George Abbott and Hal Prince, who hired them to write the music for Fiorello!
Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: Jerome Weidman, George Abbott
Fiorello! debuted on Broadway in 1959 and a was a considerably larger success than The Body Beautiful. The show won a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: George Abbott, Jerome Weidman
Based on the 1959 novel of the same name, Tenderloin tells the story of a reverend who attempts to shut down Manhattan’s red-light district.
She Loves Me (1963)
Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: Joe Masteroff
She Loves Me is one of Bock and Harnick’s most successful musicals, and is still often revived today. It also made history as the first Broadway show to be live-streamed!
Fiddler on the Roof (1964)
Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: Joseph Stein
Not only was Fiddler on the Roof Bock and Harnick’s most successful musical, it remains one of the most successful musicals internationally today. It even held the record for “longest-running Broadway show” for almost 10 years (before Grease took over) and won nine Tony Awards!
The Apple Tree (1966)
Music/Book: Jerry Bock Lyrics/Book: Sheldon Harnick Book: Jerome Coopersmith
The Apple Tree is a series of three one-acts that are based on three different sources, yet all tied together with a central theme. The show premiered on Broadway in 1966.
The Rothschilds (1970)
Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: Sherman Yellen
The Rothschilds was the last collaboration between Bock and Harnick. The show earned nine Tony nominations and had a successful Broadway revival in 1990. It was later revised as Rothschild & Sons in 2015.
Musicals by Sheldon Harnick
A Wonderful Life
Music: Joe Raposo Lyrics/Book: Sheldon Harnick
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)
New Faces of 1952
Musical Type: Golden Age/Revue (1952)
Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Book: Sherman Yellen
Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)
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Author: Stacy Karyn
Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.