- Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock Background information Birth name Jerrold Lewis Bock Born November 23, 1928
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Died November 3, 2010Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.(aged 81) Genres Musical theater Occupations Composer, lyricist Years active 1955–2010
Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Bock (November 23, 1928 – November 3, 2010) was an American musical theater composer. He received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Sheldon Harnick for their 1959 musical Fiorello! and the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof with Harnick.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in Flushing, Queens, New York, Bock studied the piano as a child. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he wrote the musical Big As Life, which toured the state and enjoyed 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.
He made his Broadway debut in 1955 when he and Lawrence Holofcener contributed songs to Catch a Star. The following year the duo collaborated on the musical Mr. Wonderful, designed for Sammy Davis, Jr., after which they worked on Ziegfeld Follies of 1956, which closed out-of-town.
Shortly after, Bock met lyricist Sheldon Harnick, with whom he forged a successful partnership. Although their first joint venture, The Body Beautiful, failed to charm the critics, its score caught the attention of director George Abbott and producer Hal Prince. They hired the team to compose a musical biography of former New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia. Fiorello! (1959) went on to win them both the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Bock's additional collaborations with Harnick include Tenderloin (1960), Man in the Moon (1963), She Loves Me (1963), Fiddler on the Roof (1964), The Apple Tree (1966), and The Rothschilds (1970), as well as contributions to Never Too Late (1962), Baker Street (1965), Her First Roman (1968), and The Madwoman of Central Park West (1979). Bock wrote the music for the musical hit song "If I Were a Rich Man".
Established in 1997, the Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theater is an annual grant presented to the composer and lyricist of a project developed in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.
Awards and nominations
- 1960 Tony Award for Best Musical – Fiorello!
- 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Drama – Fiorello!
- 1965 Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist – Fiddler on the Roof
- 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical – Fiddler on the Roof
- 1964 Tony Award for Best Musical – She Loves Me
- 1967 Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist – The Apple Tree
- 1967 Tony Award for Best Musical – The Apple Tree
- 1971 Tony Award for Best Original Score – The Rothschilds
- Jerry Bock at the Internet Broadway Database
- Jerry Bock at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Jerry Bock at the Internet Movie Database
- Jerry Bock papers in the Music Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
- PBS biography
- Songwriters Hall of Fame biography
- TonyAwards.com Interview with Jerry Bock
Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1951–75)
- Joseph Kramm (1952)
- William Inge (1953)
- John Patrick (1954)
- Tennessee Williams (1955)
- Albert Hackett / Frances Goodrich (1956)
- Eugene O'Neill (1957)
- Ketti Frings (1958)
- Archibald MacLeish (1959)
- Jerome Weidman / George Abbott / Jerry Bock / Sheldon Harnick (1960)
- Tad Mosel (1961)
- Frank Loesser / Abe Burrows (1962)
- Frank D. Gilroy (1965)
- Edward Albee (1967)
- Howard Sackler (1969)
- Charles Gordone (1970)
- Paul Zindel (1971)
- Jason Miller (1973)
- Edward Albee (1975)
- Complete list
Tony Award for Best Original Score (1947–1975)
Street Scene by Kurt Weill (1947) · Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter (1949) · South Pacific by Richard Rodgers (1950) · Call Me Madam by Irving Berlin (1951) · No Strings by Richard Rodgers (1962) · Oliver! by Lionel Bart (1963) · Hello, Dolly! by Jerry Herman (1964) · Fiddler on the Roof by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (1965) · Man of La Mancha by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion (1966) · Cabaret by John Kander and Fred Ebb (1967) · Hallelujah, Baby! by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green (1968) · Company by Stephen Sondheim (1971) · Follies by Stephen Sondheim (1972) · A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim (1973) · Gigi by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner (1974) · The Wiz by Charlie Smalls (1975)
Complete list · (1947–1975) · (1976–2000) · (2001–2025) Musicals by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
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