Lyricist

Sunrise On ‘Fiddler’ Lyricist’s Forgotten Musicals

01/14/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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He may be best known as the lyricist for “Fiddler on the Roof,” but Sheldon Harnick, who turns 90 this year, is one of the most prolific artists in the American musical theater. Now, audiences will have a rare opportunity to see some of Harnick’s lesser-known works, including some for which he also wrote the book and music. For its annual Musicals in Mufti series, the York Theatre Company is staging four forgotten Harnick musicals over the next two months (yorktheatre.org, [212] 935-5820).

Best known for “Fiddler on the Roof,” Sheldon Harnick says he never saw himself “specializing in Jewish themes.”
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