By Bill Rudman
With the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof such a big success Off-Broadway, let’s remind ourselves that the musical’s lyricist, Sheldon Harnick, is still writing at 94 — 55 years after Fiddler was originally produced on Broadway!
Sheldon is a friend of ours at The Musical Theater Project and Harbinger Records. At about the time he turned 90, he was a guest on our national radio programs and co-hosted a concert of his work with me.
What a good time it is to treat yourself to a 2-CD set that Ken Bloom and I created with Sheldon’s help. It’s called “Sheldon Harnick: Hidden Treasures,” and it covers his career from 1949-2013, with plenty of rare recordings from Fiddler, She Loves Me and his Pulitzer Prize-winning Fiorello! Best of all, we get to hear Sheldon himself interpret much of his own material, and he’s a marvelous singer.
Here’s what he has to say about our Harbinger collection: “These recordings remind me of why
I write the way I do, and why I write about the things I write about. Hidden Treasures indeed!”
Sheldon is one of the greats, and he liked the idea so much that he wrote the liner notes for the 64-page booklet that accompanies the set.
Not to be missed — and a good time, as well, to check out the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof.