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Sheldon Harnick

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    Broadway Up Close and Personal: Sheldon Harnick


Sheldon Harnick's (Lyricist, Composer, Librettist) musical theater career began in the 1950s with songs (e.g. -"The Boston Beguine" - "Merry Little Minuet") in revues on and Off-Broadway. In 1957, he teamed with Jerry Bock to create the scores for a number of memorable musicals including Fiorello (Tony(r), Pulitzer Prize), She Loves Me (Grammy(r)), Fiddler on the Roof (Tony(r)), The Rothschilds, and The Apple Tree. His other musicals include Rex (Richard Rodgers), A Wonderful Life (Joe Raposo), A Christmas Carol (Michel Legrand), The Phantom Tollbooth (Arnold Black and co-librettist Norton Juster), and Dragons (for which he wrote book, lyrics and music). He has contributed songs to the films The Heartbreak Kid, Blame It on Rio (Cy Coleman), and Aaron's Magic Village (Legrand). In the world of opera, he has provided librettos for Jack Beeson's Cyrano, Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth and Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, Henry Mollicone's Coyote Tales, and Thomas Z. Shepard's Love in Two Countries. Mr. Harnick has won two Tony Awards(r), two Grammy Awards(r), three gold records, and a platinum record. He and his wife Margery have two children, Beth and Matthew. He is a longtime member of the Dramatists Guild and Songwriters Guild.

-April 2009

Sheldon Harnick