Friday, November 05, 2010

Jerry Bock, R. I. P.

OBITUARY: Jerry Bock, composer of 'Fiddler on the Roof,' is dead at 81 - "When composer Jerry Bock started work on a musical about a rural Jewish community at the turn of the century, few expected the show to have much commercial appeal. But Mr. Bock was penning a score that became, arguably, the most broadly popular theatrical score ever written.

'Fiddler on the Roof' opened on Broadway in 1964 and has been revived there several times. Its tours have crisscrossed the globe for decades and countless parents of brides and grooms have lamented the too-rapid passing of time by crying over Bock's 'Sunrise, Sunset' at generations of bittersweet weddings."

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