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Jerry Bock
Birth name Jerrold Lewis Bock
Born 23 November 1928 (1928-11-23) (age 81)
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Genres Musical theatre
Occupations Composer, lyricist

Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Bock (born 23 November 1928) is an American musical theatre composer.


Life and career

Born in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in Flushing, New York, Bock studied the piano as a child. He attended the University of Wisconsin‚ÄďMadison, where he wrote the musical Big As Life, which toured the state and enjoyed a run in Chicago. After graduation he spent three summers at the Tamiment Playhouse in the Poconos and wrote for early television revues with lyricist Larry Holofcener. He made his Broadway debut in 1955 when the pair contributed songs to Catch a Star. The following year the duo collaborated on the musical Mr. Wonderful, designed to showcase the talents of Sammy Davis Jr., after which they worked on Ziegfeld Follies of 1956, which closed out-of-town.[1]

Shortly after, Bock met lyricist Sheldon Harnick, with whom he forged a successful partnership. Although their first joint venture, The Body Beautiful, failed to charm the critics, its score caught the attention of director George Abbott and producer Hal Prince, who hired the team to compose their 1959 musical biography of former New York City Mayor LaGuardia. Fiorello! went on to win them both the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Bock's additional collaborations with Harnick include the full scores for Tenderloin (1960), Man in the Moon (1963), She Loves Me (1963), Fiddler on the Roof (1964), The Apple Tree (1966), and The Rothschilds (1970), as well as contributions to Never Too Late (1962), Baker Street (1965), and The Madwoman of Central Park West (1979).

Established in 1997, the Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre is an annual US$2,000 grant presented to the composer and lyricist of a project developed in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.[2]

Awards and nominations

  • 1965 Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist - Fiddler on the Roof
  • 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical - Fiddler on the Roof
  • 1964 Tony Award for Best Musical - She Loves Me
  • 1967 Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist - The Apple Tree
  • 1967 Tony Award for Best Musical - The Apple Tree
  • 1971 Tony Award for Best Original Score - The Rothschilds


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