Faculty Book: Philip Lambert

Philip Lambert

To Broadway, To Life! The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick
(Oxford University Press, 2010)

To Broadway, To Life! is the first complete book about Fiddler on the Roof composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick, one of Broadway’s most important songwriting teams. Drawing from extensive archival sources and from personal interviews and communications with Bock and Harnick and their most important collaborators, Lambert explores the essence of a Bock-Harnick show: how it is put together and what makes it work. The book includes discussion of songs such as “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were a Rich Man” as well as a vast catalogue of lesser-known songs from their many other shows and works, including a musical puppet show on Broadway, music for the 1964 World’s Fair, and a made-for-television musical. Also included is the first look at the songwriters’ professional beginnings in revues and television shows and summer retreats in the 1950s, and an assessment of the careers they have forged for themselves with new collaborators in the decades since their partnership dissolved in 1970. Philip Lambert (Prof., Baruch) is on the doctoral faculty in music.

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Submitted on: DEC 17, 2010

Category: Faculty Books, Music Ph.D. - D.M.A