Joseph Stein

Death, and "Fiddler of the Roof"

My story this week is about the scholars who are pushing hard against myths about the shtetl, especially the kind peddled by "Fiddler on the Roof."  

As it happens, the composer of that Tony-winning classic died yesterday: Jerry Bock, at 81.  Eerily, the writer of the musical's book, Joseph Stein, died ten days before.  They both will be missed, deeply.

'Fiddler’ Author Joseph Stein Dies

10/26/2010

(JTA) -- Joseph Stein, who won a Tony Award for writing "Fiddler on the Roof," has died.

Stein died Sunday in Manhattan after fracturing his skull in a fall. He was 98.

Stein was the author of more than a dozen Broadway musicals, but is most well known for Fiddler, which won nine Tony Awards in 1965, including Stein's Best Author of a Musical.

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