Not two weeks ago, Joseph Stein, who wrote the book of Fiddler on the Roof, died at 98. Yesterday brought news that Jerry Bock, the composer of Fiddler on the Roof, died at 81. (Fiddler lyricist and frequent Bock collaborator Sheldon Harnick is alive and—we hope!!—well.) This is all made yet more eerie by the fact that Fyvush Finkel discussed Fiddler on this week’s Vox Tablet podcast. (Also, last year, executive editor Jesse Oxfeld interviewed Chaim Topol, the most prolific Tevye.)
What’s your favorite song from Fiddler? This is probably mine.
Jerry Bock, Composer of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Dies at 81 [NYT]
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A Serious Mensch [Tablet Magazine]