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Sheldon Harnick

1 AWARD THIS YEAR

SPECIAL TONY AWARD® FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATRE
Sheldon Harnick
1 AWARD THIS YEAR
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

BIO

Sheldon Harnick’s first song for a Broadway show was the hilarious "Boston Beguine" for New Faces of 1952. He then contributed songs to the revues Two's Company (starring Bette Davis), John Murray Anderson's Almanac and The Littlest Revue. His collaboration with composer Jerry Bock produced such Broadway classics as Fiorello (1959): Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award; Tenderloin (1960); She Loves Me (1963): Grammy Award; Fiddler on the Roof (1964) Tony Award; The Apple Tree (1966) and The Rothschilds (1970). Other collaborations include A Christmas Carol with Michel Legrand (1981); Rex with Richard Rodgers (1976); A Wonderful Life with Joe Raposo (1986) and The Phantom Tollbooth with Arnold Black (1995). For Dragons and Malpractice Makes Perfect, he provided book, lyrics and music. He has written songs for the films The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and Blame It on Rio (1984) both with music by Cy Coleman; and Aaron's Magic Village (1995) with Michel Legrand. In the 1970s, he entered into the world of opera. With composer Jack Beeson, he has provided the librettos for Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines (1975), Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth (1978) and Cyrano (1994). Other operas include Love in Two Countries with Thomas Shepard (1991) and Coyote Tales with Henry Mollicone (1998). Harnick has won a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, two New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, three gold records and a platinum record. He and his wife Margery have a published book entitled "The Outdoor Museum (Not Your Usual Images of New York)", featuring her photographs and his poetry. This spring saw the release of "Sheldon Harnick: Hidden Treasures." This two-CD set includes songs written for 17 of his shows and includes more than 50 songs from rare demos. It features performances by Harnick and composer Jerry Bock, Audra McDonald, Brian d'Arcy James, Hugh Martin, Margery Gray Harnick, Charlotte Rae and more.