BOCK, JERRY


BOCK, JERRY
BOCK, JERRY (1928– ), U.S. composer. One of the most successful Broadway theater composers of the 1960s (Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello\!, She Loves Me), Jerrold Lewis Bock was born in New Haven, Conn., and grew up in Queens, N.Y. He took up the piano and composition as a boy. He wrote his first musical in public school, wrote another in high school, which was produced at the school, and wrote the show Big as Life, which was staged in 1948 at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a student. Beginning after his graduation, he teamed with Larry Holofcener to write special musical material for television. In 1956 he composed his first complete Broadway score for Mr. Wonderful, starring sammy davis jr. , and two years later began his successful collaboration with sheldon harnick . Their first production, The Body Beautiful, was a flop, but they enjoyed working together and a year later produced Fiorello\!, based on the life of the New York mayor, fiorello h. la guardia . The show won a Pulitzer Prize. Another New York-inspired musical, Tenderloin, followed in 1960. Perhaps the best Bock-Harnick score was produced for the 1963 musical She Loves Me, based on the 1940 ernst lubitsch film The Shop Around the Corner. The story, involving two bickering workers in a Budapest parfumerie who fall in love through an exchange of letters, contained such long-lasting songs as "Vanilla Ice Cream," "Will He Like Me," and "A Trip to the Library." In 1964 the Bock-Harnick collaboration provided the score for Fiddler on the Roof, which contained the classics "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," and "Sunrise, Sunset." The show, with zero mostel portraying sholom aleichem 's Tevye the milkman, became the most popular musical and longest-running show in the history of Broadway and spawned productions worldwide in dozens of languages. It won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was revived a number of times on Broadway. A 1971 film version, with song and story about shtetl life, starred the Israeli actor chaim topol and was hugely successful. The family's story, of living in poverty, of Jews facing religious discrimination and pogroms, of the difficulties of raising a family in changing times, contained universal messages, and audiences around the world were quick to relate to them. The team went on to write Baker Street, built around the character of Sherlock Holmes, and The Apple Tree, adapted from the work of Mark Twain, but these did not achieve the success of their previous work. The last Bock-Harnick project was The Rothschilds, an original musical based on the history of the banking family. It had its Broadway debut in 1970 and ran for more than a year. (Stewart Kampel (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Jerry Bock — Background information Birth name Jerrold Lewis Bock Born November 23, 1928(1928 11 23) …   Wikipedia

  • Jerry Bock — (* 23. November 1928 in New Haven, Connecticut; † 2. November 2010 in Mount Kisco, New York[1]) war ein US amerikanischer Komponist. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Werke …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bock (Familienname) — Bock ist ein vorwiegend im deutschsprachigen Raum zu findender Nachname. Herkunft Der Onomastik Professor und Dozent Jürgen Udolph leitet den Namen von nach Tieren benannten Häusern ab. Früher war es üblich, Wohnhäusern Tiernamen zu geben. Diese… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bock (disambiguation) — Bock may refer to:* Bock, a strong lager from Munich in GermanyPlace: * Bock, MinnesotaPeople: * Adam Bock, Canadian playwright * Brittany Bock, American footballer * Carl Ernst Bock, (1809–1874), German anatomist * Darrell Bock, research… …   Wikipedia

  • Jerry Herman — Herman at the White House for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors Background information Birth name Gerald Herman Born …   Wikipedia

  • Jerry Sterner — (15 September 1938 11 June 2001) was an American businessman and playwright, best known for the play Other People s Money. Born in the Bronx, he sold tokens on the night shift where he wrote several plays. In 1966 he married Jean Sterner. They… …   Wikipedia

  • Bock — Freude; Gaudi (umgangssprachlich); Belustigung; Spass (österr.); Genuss; Entzücken; Fez (umgangssprachlich); Begeisterung; Vergnügen; …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Jerry Bock — Jerrold Lewis Jerry Bock (né à New Haven, Connecticut, le 23 novembre 1928, et mort le 2 novembre 2010[1]) est un compositeur américain de comédies musicales. Il est notamment connu pour ses collaborations avec Sheldon Harnick. Sommaire 1… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bock (homonymie) — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Patronyme Le nom de Bock est porté par plusieurs personnalités (par ordre alphabétique) : August Carl Bock (1782 1833), anatomiste allemand ;… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Liste der Musicals — Diese Liste enthält Musicals, die entweder selbst einen Eintrag bei Wikipedia haben oder zumindest deren Urheber einen Eintrag haben. Andere Musicals, die diese Kriterien nicht erfüllen, finden sich auf der Diskussionsseite. Bitte streng… …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.