Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Little Bit of Broadway

Fiorello!
(1959)


Composer Jerry Bock died this week. He wrote some wonderful msuicals, including my all time favorite She Loves Me (it’s a perfect jewel box of a show). He, with his partner lyricist Sheldon Harnick, is most famous for Fiddler on the Roof, but their most prestigious award vsmr in 1959, when they won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Fiorello!, the story of New York City mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, a reform Republican who took on Tammany Hall and helped reform New York City.


In addition to the Pulitzer, the musical won 4 Tony awards, including a tie for best musical with The Sound of Music. Actor Tom Bosley (who died last month) won the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.


Act I
On the Side of the Angels
Politics and Poker
Unfair
Marie's Law
The Name's LaGuardia
The Bum Won
I Love a Cop
Till Tomorrow
Home Again

Act II
When Did I Fall in Love
Gentleman Jimmy
Little Tin Box
The Very Next Man
Finale

Jerry Bock's most well-known musical is undoubtedly is Fiddler on the Roof. Based on the stories by Sholem Aleichem , it’s Tevye’s attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives.

Tradition
Matchmaker, Matchmaker
If I were a Rich Man
Sabbath Prayer

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