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Jerry Bock

'She Loves Me:' The Muscle of Melody

Barry Singer | Posted 03.31.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

Melody can really lift a musical. We tend to forget that today, as we savor shows where the heavy lifting is done by the flying winches or the maxed-out sonic levels or the puppets or the Mormons or the hooks, the beats, the rhymes.

Aisle View: Musical Candy Box

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.17.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

If you like your shows with glorious music in the air and a dollop of schlag atop the café viennois, you are sure to float away from your visit to She Loves Me on a silver-laced cloud.

Aisle View: Tevye, Back on the Roof

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.21.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Fiddler on the Roof is back on Broadway, and -- wonder of wonders -- it's the best Fiddler we've seen since the original.

Aisle View: Mayer's Boys

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.19.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The York Theatre Company, the determined, roll-up-your-sleeves-and-make-a-musical group in the basement of a church within the Citicorp Center, has rolled up their sleeves and -- with great care and determination -- made a "new" musical out of Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick's The Rothschilds.

'Fiddler on the Roof' -- Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 09.11.2014 | Arts
James Scarborough

Old habits die hard. Especially when the habits are religious traditions and the agents of change seek to persecute those traditions. "Fiddler on the Roof," written by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, directed by Phyllis B. Gitlin for the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, is a moving and painful account of the conflict.

A Conversation With Soprano Alexandra Silber -- This week at Feinstein's, 10/11-12

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.07.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

When I talked to Alexandra last June, she was preparing for her debut with San Francisco Symphony. The occasion was a series of five performances of West Side Story.

'Fiorello!' Succeeds: Will It Move To Broadway?

David Finkle | Posted 04.03.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

There may be two outstanding reasons why in 1960 Fiorello! was only the third musical to nab the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Both reasons are craftily on display in the sparkling Encores! revival at City Center.

Dealing With Conservative Politicians

George Heymont | Posted 01.03.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

With a clown car full of Republican candidates heading toward the primary in hopes of becoming the party's nominee for the 2012 Presidential election, is it any wonder that the following videos have gone viral?

Twelve Months Til Christmas

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

For most people, the holiday season is over and done with. Christmas decorations have been put back into storage and the tree has been disposed of. But for arts entrepreneurs the situation is quite different.

Jerry Bock: When a Good Man Dies...

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Sherman Yellen

Jerry was the opposite of all that has befallen us of late: brave in the best sense, and a caring man who lived by his principles; a progressive whom fame and fortune did not make indifferent to the deprivations that others suffered.