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|Named Person:||Jerry Bock; Sheldon Harnick|
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|Description:||xvi, 361 p. : ill., music ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Suave young men : creative stirrings from childhood through college --
Wonders of Manhattan : professional beginnings in New York in the 1950s --
Politics and poker : The body beautiful and Fiorello! and the late 1950s --
Little old New York : Tenderloin and the early 1960s --
To Broadway with love : She loves me and the 1964 world's fair --
Tradition : Fiddler on the roof --
Here in Eden : the mid-1960s and The apple tree --
Have you ever seen a prettier little congress? The late 1960s and The Rothschilds --
Topsy turvy : separate paths since the early 1970s.
|Series Title:||Broadway legacies.|
To Broadway, To Life!: The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick is the first complete book about these creative figures, one of Broadway's most important songwriting teams. Drawing from extensive archival sources, and from personal interviews and communications with Bock and Harnick themselves and their most important collaborators, author Philip Lambert explores the essence of a Bock & Harnick showùhow it is put together, and what makes it work. The book includes discussion of songs such as "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I Were a Rich Man" that have long been favorites in the public consciousness, and it also explores a vast catalogue of lesser-known songs from their many other shows and works, including a musical puppet show on Broadway, music for the 1964 World's Fair, and a made-for-television musical. Here too is the first look at the little-known youthful professional beginnings of Bock and Harnick in revues and television shows and summer retreats in the 1950s, and the careers they have forged for themselves with new collaborators in the decades since their partnership dissolved in 1970.
The musicals of Bock and Harnick came at a transitional time in Broadway history, when the traditions of Rodgers and Hammerstein were starting to give way to the concept musical, the rock musical, and eventually the mega-musical. To Broadway, To Life! combines exhaustive research, close musical investigation, and interpretive critical analysis to place Bock and Harnick in the context of these times, and helps establish their place in the history of the American musical theater. --Book Jacket.