JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVALa fiscally-sponsored project of JCC East Bay


2:00 pm- 4:00 pm Sun, Feb 16, 2014

Sheldon Harnick: A Presentation by Bonnie Weiss

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The Man Who Put the Heart into “Fiddler on the Roof”

A Multi-Media Portrait of Lyricist Sheldon Harnick
By Theater Educator Bonnie Weiss

Sunday, February 16th, 2:00pm
JCC East Bay 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley, CA
Advanced Tickets – $12 General / $10 students, seniors & JCCEB members
At the door: $15 General / $12 students, seniors & JCCEB members

Lyricist Sheldon Harnick teamed with composer Jerry Bock to write some of the most popular songs on Broadway. Harnick penned the lyrics for the longest running musical of the 1960s, “Fiddler on the Roof,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Fiorello,” the cult classic “She Loves Me,” and the musical based on the influential family of Jewish financiers, “The Rothschilds.”

This presentation will include video of performances by Zero Mostel and Topol, both of whom played Tevye in “Fiddler.” Weiss also will show footage of Harnick singing a comic song he wrote for Lazar Wolf, the butcher, that was cut from “Fiddler,” plus rarely seen performances of Harnick’s early satirical numbers, “The Boston Beguine” and “Garbage.”

Harnick had his first success writing both the lyrics and music for Leonard Sillman’s “New Faces of 1952.” Born and raised in Chicago, he majored in music at Northwestern University and played violin in several Midwestern orchestras before coming to Manhattan in the early 1950s.

Bonnie WeissPresenter Bonnie Weiss is a Bay Area educator, writer, and radio and cabaret producer. She teaches musical theater appreciation at San Francisco State, Dominican and Santa Clara universities, and has made presentations to the Concordia Argonaut and Commonwealth clubs, Stanford Women’s Alumni Association, Sixty Plus Club of San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley Extension, the Colleges of Marin and San Mateo, and Elderhostels and senior retirement communities throughout California.

Fiddler at 50 The presentation is part of a series of Fiddler at 50 celebratory lectures, sing-alongs and concerts sponsored by a consortium of Bay Area Jewish and educational organizations.