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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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Separate Paths Since the Early 1970s

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To Broadway, To Life!

Philip Lambert

Oxford University Press

This final chapter surveys the separate professional lives of Bock and Harnick since their partnership dissolved in the early 1970s. Jerry Bock has worked as his own lyricist and written songs for concept albums and a feature film (Sidney Lumet’s A Stranger Among Us). He has worked on two major musicals that were never fully staged, one a murder-mystery (with author Evan Hunter), the other based on the tax code (with Jerry Sterner). He also wrote a successful series of musicals for young audiences (with Sidney Berger). Sheldon Harnick has branched out into opera (with composers Jack Beeson and Henry Mollicone) and translations (of Ravel, Bizet, and Lehár). His activities in the musical theater since the 1970s include writing lyrics with Richard Rodgers (Rex), book and lyrics with Michel Legrand (A Christmas Carol) and Joe Raposo (A Wonderful Life), and book, music, and lyrics for Dragons, based on Yevgeny Schwartz’s political fable.

Keywords:   Christmas Carol, Evan Hunter, Franz Lehár, Georges Bizet, Henry Mollicone, Jack Beeson, Jerry Sterner, Joe Raposo, Maurice Ravel, Michel Legrand, Richard Rodgers, Sidney Berger, Sidney Lumet, Stranger Among Us, Wonderful Life, Yevgeny Schwartz

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