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Musicals of the Late 1960s


Fiddler on the Roof

Bock, Jerry. Fiddler on the Roof. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Libretto by Joseph Stein,
based on Sholom Aleichem's stories.
New York, Crown Publishers [1965, c1964]
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Bock, Jerry. Vocal Selections from Fiddler on the roof . Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
[New York] : Sunbeam Music Pub. Co, c1964.
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Fiddler took the work of Sholem Aleichem, set amidst the difficult Jewish experience in
early 20th century Eastern Europe, and transcended the dark elements of the stories and
their religious specificity. Zero Mostel found another great role in Tevya the dairyman.
The opening song, Tradition, encapsulates the world of the Eastern European shtetl,
against which Tevya's daughters will rebel. Its universality - parents and tradition against
the new generation and a changing world - have mae it an international success.
Notable songs include Sunrise, Sunset, If I Were a Rich Man, and Matchmaker.



Sweet Charity

Coleman, Cy. Sweet Charity. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Libretto by Neil Simon.
Second printing.
New York, Random House [1966]
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Sweet Charity. Souvenir Album.
New York: 1966.
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Dance was the major emphasis of Sweet Charity, featuring Gwen Verdon, with choreography
by her then-husband Bob Fosse. Notable songs included Big Spender, Baby, Dream Your
Dream, and Charity's Soliloquy.


Cabaret

Kander, John. Cabaret. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Libretto by Joe Masteroff.
Based on the play by John van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood.
New York, Random House [1967]
First printing.
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Kander, John. Cabaret. Lyrics by Fred Ebb.
New York: Sunbeam Music Corp., 1967.
Sheet Music Collection

Cabaret, set in Weimar Germany during the era of Weill and Brecht, aimed to emulate
the flavor of their work. Lotte Lenya, Weill's wife, appeared in the original production.
The Master of Ceremonies, brilliantly played by Joel Grey, and the Kit Kat Club lent a
continuity to the work. Notable songs included Cabaret and Wilkommen.
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