The Apple Tree

The most enduring song from FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is, of course, “Sunrise, Sunset.” Since late 1964, has there ever been a wedding reception, bar or bat mitzvah where it hasn’t been played? Its theme is how “swiftly go the days.” Indeed they do, Sheldon Harnick agrees. The lyricist of the Tony-winning classic “can’t believe” [...]

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“This magnificent set is testimony to Sheldon’s place in the pantheon of Broadway musical creators.” – Harold Prince As we celebrate Sheldon Harnick’s 90th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof’s Broadway debut, there couldn’t be a better time for the release of “Hidden Treasures”. This spectacular 2-CD set features 53 demos [...]

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Yes, the opening song is called “Bless This Land,” but let’s also bless the York Theatre Company for reminding us that TENDERLOIN is a blessedly good musical. James Morgan’s troupe finished its Sheldon Harnick festival with a solidly staged reading of the 1960 show. Director Carl Andress demonstrated that TENDERLOIN is a viable title that [...]

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The Season 1 finale of NBC’s Smash featured the first Boston preview of Bombshell with Karen stepping into the leading role at the last minute.  The episode ended with Karen giving the preview of Bombshell and a fantastic ending with “Don’t Forget About Me.” We certainly haven’t forgotten about you Karen Cartwright!  As we begin [...]

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THE APPLE TREE with a score by lyricist Sheldon Harnick and Composer Jerry Bock (best known for shows like FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and SHE LOVES ME) and a book by Bock, Harnick and Jerome Coopersmith, THE APPLE TREE is a unique adaptation.Rather than drawing from a single set of source material, this musical finds [...]

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It is with a heavy heart that MTI mourns the loss of beloved composer, Jerry Bock (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, SHE LOVES ME).  Mr. Bock was 81 years old, and throughout his lifetime, he made many indelible contributions to the world of musical theatre.  Several industry websites are covering this sad event, including this tribute [...]

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