Broadway composer Jerry Bock passed away this morning, 20 days short of his 82nd birthday. Here he is shown, six years ago, with his collaborator and creative partner, lyricist Sheldon Hamrick.
Together, they created a number of works. Two of them - Fiorello! and Fiddler on the Roof - became huge hits on the Broadway stage.
Fiorello! was somewhat gnarly as musicals go, and too local to become a recurring masterpiece. It won a Pulitzer Prize and many other honors.
Fiddler has endured. I'm sure that it is currently in production at scores of community theaters around the planet, in several languages. I've performed in it several times.
Here are two scenes from the movie made from the stage musical. First, the dream sequence, my favorite scene:
My favorite song from Fiddler: