Saturday, 6 November 2010
A Tribute to Jerry Bock
The name Jerry Bock may not mean much to you, but if I say he was the composer of one of the most successful productions in the history of the American musical theatre, maybe that will start a few bells ringing.
Jerry Bock, together with lyricist Sheldon Harnick, composed the powerful score to Fiddler on the Roof as well as other memorable shows.
Mr Bock died last month of heart failure at a hospital in New York. He was 81.
My choice of musical tribute is the Sabbath Prayer from Fiddler on the Roof. It earned the two men Tony Awards in 1965. It is still in my top five American musical songs.