New Haven native Jerry Bock, the celebrated composer of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “She Loves Me,” died Wednesday at the age of 81.
Bock, who was born in New Haven in 1928 to salesman George Bock, composed the music for 10 Broadway musicals over the course of his career. Many of these shows, including “Fiddler on the Roof” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Fiorello!,” featured lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, who visited campus last fall as part of the Shen Musical Theater Curriculum’s Friday’s at Five series. “Fiorello!,” in addition to other Bock-composed shows, had its world premiere at New Haven’s Shubert Theater.
Bock’s lawyer Richard M. Ticktin said the cause of his death was heart failure.
Bock’s death came just 10 days after the death of 98 year-old Joseph Stein who wrote the book for “Fiddler on the Roof.”
[via Behind the Curtain]