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To Broadway, To Life!The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick$
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Philip Lambert

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195390070

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390070.001.0001

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Here in Eden

Here in Eden

The Mid-1960s and The Apple Tree

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To Broadway, To Life!

Philip Lambert

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the work of Bock and Harnick in the aftermath of the unprecedented success of Fiddler on the Roof (1964). Their next show was The Apple Tree (1966), a collection of three mini-musicals based on short stories by Mark Twain, Frank R. Stockton, and Jules Feiffer. Mike Nichols directed and Jerome Coopersmith contributed to the adaptations. The show was a moderate success and has aged well, reappearing on Broadway in 2006 starring Kristin Chenoweth. Also during this time, Bock and Harnick helped write songs for another Broadway show, Baker Street (based on Sherlock Holmes stories), and wrote the score for a made-for-television musical, The Canterville Ghost (based on the Oscar Wilde novella).

Keywords:   Apple Tree, Baker Street, Canterville Ghost, Frank R. Stockton, Jerome Coopersmith, Jules Feiffer, Kristin Chenoweth, Mark Twain, Mike Nichols, mini-musical, Oscar Wilde, Sherlock Holmes, television musical

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