A Wonderful Life

Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 12:00 PM

Good morning, good day! It's Pulitzer-Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick's 86th birthday. Isn't it wonderful?

When did I fall in love with Sheldon Harnick's lyrics? I'll tell you a truth--I saw Fiddler on the Roof as a kid, and realized that the lyrics were first class all the way. They say there's precious little he can't do with words, and no song more pleasing than one he's worked on. For some perspective: Sheldon Harnick wrote the lyrics to all of these and more: Fiorello!, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, The Apple Tree--hours and hours of good clean fun. And miracle of miracles (I'm one of the lucky ones!)--back when I was doing theater, I got to work with him on one of his shows.  

Now I have everything--Sheldon Harnick recently came to the WQXR studio and sat down for an hour-long interview.  If you've ever wondered where are they, for Sheldon Harnick, at least, the answer is little old New York--and WQXR. What's in it for you, dear friend? Fair warning: Click aboce for the audio, and make way--the very next man you'll hear is Sheldon Harnick.

Note: This post contains more than 20 titles of Harnick songs. How many can you find?



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Comments [5]

rob santana from jersey city

86 years young. I am a huge fan of Mr. Harnick. Thanks, Naomi, for the update.

May. 14 2010 03:24 PM
Isabella Zubatov from Cliffside Park, NJ

Just a small correction:
The Russian composer’s name is Mikhail Glinka (not Glinkov). The word “glinka” is a diminutive of the word glina (translated as “clay").

May. 06 2010 06:06 PM
David Cantor from Berkeley Heihgts, NJ

I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Sheldon on three shows. He is the nicest man in show business! And his lyrics ain't bad, either!! :-)

Very happy birthday, Sheldon.

Apr. 30 2010 02:05 PM
stephanie from Poughkeepsie

As regards the three-l lllama:

Consider the type of conflagration known as a "three-alarmer"

Apr. 29 2010 06:07 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Where does one start when discussing the enduring art of word masters whose contributions to household-famous treasures of the song literature are indelibly on our minds and memories.
I have known and worked with Irving Caesar ("Swanee" & "Tea for Two") and Marc Blitzstein (composer of the opera "Regina", "The Harpies" and the Airborne Symphony and the adaptatiion of the German libretto of Kurt Weill's "Three Penny Opera" in which the "Mack the Knife" lyrics topped the charts) and Frank Loesser lyricist and composer extraordinaire. It is safe to say that Sheldon Harnick has few peers in his virtuoso characterizations so credible in so many scenarios. His "Fiddler", his "Fiorello", his "She Loves Me" and other contributions to the theater have expanded the musical menu for all tastes. KUDOS and HAPPY 86th BIRTHDAY SHELDON HARNICK!!!

Apr. 29 2010 04:17 PM

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