Sheldon Harnick Biography (1924-)

Full name, Sheldon Mayer Harnick; born April 30, 1924, in Chicago, IL; son ofHarry M. and Esther (maiden name, Kanter) Harnick; brother of Jay Harnick (adirector, producer, performer, and stage manager); married Mary Boatner, August 29, 1950 (marriage annulled, May, 1957); married Elaine May (a writer, comedienne, actress, and director), 1962 (divorced, 1963); married Margery Gray(an actress), October 8, 1965; children: (with Gray) Beth, Matthew. Addresses: Manager: David J. Cogan, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Lyricist, composer, performer
Birth Details
April 30, 1924
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (benefit concert), Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • Voice of the White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland, Bil Baird Marionettes, off-Broadway production, 1975
  • Show & Tell (benefit gala), Laura Belle Theatre, New York City, 2001
  • Some Enchanted Evenings, Town Hall Theatre, New York City, 2002
  • Musical Makers, Acorn Theatre, New York City, 2003
  • Sing for a Cure: A Valentine Cabaret Salute to Richard Rodgers (benefit), Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 2003
  • Broadway Talks, 92nd Street Y, New York City, 2004
  • His Words Are Music: The Broadway Lyrics of Sheldon Harnick, JohnDrew Theater at Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, 2004
  • Lyrics & Lyricist: A Celebration of Sheldon Harnick (also known as Celebration of Sheldon Harnick), 92nd Street Y, 2005
  • Appeared in other productions, including cabaret productions at the Rainbow and Stars, 1990.
  • Film Appearances
  • Voices of Barney Beanbag and Socko the Sockworm, Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (animated musical; also known as Raggedy Ann & Andy), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Himself, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (documentary; also known as Broadway, Broadway: The Golden Age,and Broadway: The Movie), Dada Films, 2003
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Himself, Broadway: The American Musical (documentary), PBS, 2004
  • Specials
  • She Loves Me (musical), PBS, 1979
  • Music by Richard Rodgers, PBS, 1990
  • Himself, Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds (documentary), PBS,2001
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Evening with Sheldon Harnick, DRG, 1971
  • Regards to the Lindsay Years, 1973
  • Musical Life in Concert, DRG, 1994
  • Harnick's music has been featured in cast albums and several other recordings and translated for foreign recordings.
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Lyrics
  • Musicals
  • Leonard Sillman's "New Faces of 1952" (revue; also known as NewFaces of 1952), Royale Theatre, New York City, 1952-53
  • Two's Company (revue; also known as Charles Sherman's Musical Revue), Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1952-53
  • Horatio, Margo Jones Theatre, Dallas, TX, 1954, later produced under the title Smiling, the Boy Fell Dead, Cherry Lane Theatre, New YorkCity, 1961
  • (Uncredited) The Amazing Adele, 1956
  • (Uncredited) Additional lyrics, Shangri-La, NY, 1956
  • Portofino, Adelphi Theatre, New York City, 1958
  • The Body Beautiful, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1958-61
  • Fiorello!, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Vintage '60 (revue), Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1960
  • Tenderloin, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1960-61
  • Never Too Late, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1962-65
  • Man in the Moon, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • She Loves Me, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1963-64, other productions, including Criterion Center Stage Right, New York City, 1993, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1993-94, and Savoy Theatre, London, beginning 1994
  • To Broadway, with Love, New York World's Fair, 1964-65
  • Fiddler on the Roof, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1964-67, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1967-70, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1970-72, several other productions, including Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1976-77, Lincoln Center, New York State Theater, New York City, beginning 1981, additional song added to production at Minskoff Theatre, New York City,beginning 2004
  • (With others) Wet Paint, Renata Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • The Apple Tree, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1966-67, revised production later produced
  • The Rothschilds, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1970-72
  • Pinocchio, Bil Baird Marionettes, off-Broadway production, 1973
  • Alice in Wonderland, Bil Baird Marionettes, off-Broadway production, 1975
  • Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines (opera), Lyric Opera of KansasCity, Kansas City, MO, 1975
  • Rex, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1976
  • Dr. Heidigger's Fountain of Youth (opera), National Arts Club, NewYork City, 1978
  • Frustration--A Mini-Opera (opera), Encompass Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • The Madwoman of Central Park West, 22 Steps, 1979
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (stage version of film), New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1979
  • It's a Wonderful Life, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1986, other productions, including Beck Center for Cultural Arts--Main Stage, Cleveland, OH, 2000, and Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven, NJ, 2000
  • Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre (concert), Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • (With others) Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Imperial Theatre, New YorkCity, 1989-90
  • Love in Two Countries (two one-act operas), Music Theatre Works, Theatre at St. Peter's Church, New York City, 1991
  • (With others) Cyrano-The Musical, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1993-94, Theatre Hagen, Hagen, Germany, c. 1994
  • Back from Broadway (benefit concert), Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 2002
  • (With others) Free to Be ... You and Me, Greenwich House Theatre,New York City, 2002
  • Mostly Sondheim (concerts), Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 2002
  • Dragons, Luna Stage Company, Montclair, NJ, 2003
  • Sunrise, Sunset--The Songs of Sheldon Harnick (revue), Jewish Theatre of New England, 2003
  • American Musical Theater Salutes Series, John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, 2004
  • Barbara Cook's Broadway (concerts), Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 2004
  • Moments of Being, with Betsy, Stella Adler Theatre, New York City,2004
  • Lyrics & Lyricist: A Celebration of Sheldon Harnick (also known as Celebration of Sheldon Harnick), 92nd Street Y, New York City, 2005
  • Major Tours
  • A Christmas Carol, Christmas tours, 1981, 1982
  • Sunrise, Sunset--The Songs of Sheldon Harnick (revue), 2004-2005
  • English Translations and Adaptations
  • Igor Stravinski, L'histoire du soldat, Bil Baird Marionettes, Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1967
  • (English translation) Maurice Ravel, L'enfant et les sortileges, Manhattan School of Music, New York City, 1971
  • (English version) Franz Lehar, The Merry Widow (operetta; also known as Die luestige Witwe), San Diego Opera, San Diego, CA, 1977
  • (English translation) Georges Bizet, Carmen, Houston Opera, Houston, TX, 1981, later Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Joseph Canteloube, Songs of the Auvergne (concert), New York City,1982
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, L'oca del Cairo (also known as The Goose from Cairo), Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, 1982
  • (Translations of Yiddish songs with Jim Friedman) Ghetto, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1986
  • Charles Ives, "Elgie," Ives, Songs, Lincoln Center, New York StateTheater, New York City, 1988
  • J. S. Bach, The Contest between Phoebus and Pan (cantata), Stony Brook, NY, 1988
  • J. S. Bach, The Appeasement of Aeolus (cantata), Stony Brook, NY,1990
  • Involved in the adaptation or translation of the musical pieces The Heiress, by Jean-Michel Damase; Le monde ou l'on s'ennuie (also known as A World Where Boredom Reigns), by Edouard Pailleron; Le voyagede Monsieur Perrichon (also known as Monsieur Perrichon's Vacation), by Eugene Labiche and Edouard Martin; Un education manquee (also known as A Flawed Education), by Emmanuel Chabrier; (with Michel Legrand) L'amour fantome; and Renard.
  • Stage Music
  • Musicals
  • Dragons, Luna Stage Company, Montclair, NJ, 2003
  • Stage Songs
  • John Murray Anderson's "Almanac" (revue), New York City, 1953
  • The Shoestring Revue, New York City, 1955
  • The Littlest Revue, New York City, 1956
  • Shoestring '57 (revue), off-Broadway production, 1957
  • (Uncredited) Baker Street (also known as Baker Street: A Musical Adventure of Sherlock Holmes), Broadway Theatre and Martin Beck Theatre, both New York City, 1965
  • (With others) City Center Encores! Broadway Bash!, City Center, New York City, 2001
  • Vickie Phillips: Different Dreams, Different Times, Don't Tell Mama, New York City, 2002
  • Tonight at Eight: A Celebration of the Musicals of Bock and Harnick, The Supper Club, New York City. 2003
  • Songwriter for Kaleidoscope, New York City; also songwriter for Julius Monk cabaret shows.
  • Writings for the Stage
  • Books for Musicals
  • The Apple Tree (based on various short stories), Shubert Theatre,New York City, 1966-67, revised production later produced
  • It's a Wonderful Life, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1986, other productions, including Beck Center for Cultural Arts--Main Stage, Cleveland, OH, 2000, and Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven, NJ, 2000
  • Continuity, Good Company (also known as Good Company--Songs That Made It from Shows That Didn't), Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1997
  • (With Norton Juster) The Phantom Tollbooth (based on Juster's book), Harwich Junior Theatre, Cape Cod, MA, 2002, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston, MA, 2003
  • Dragons (based on the play by Yevgeny Schwarz), Luna Stage Company, Montclair, NJ, 2003
  • Opera Librettos
  • Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, 1975
  • Dr. Heidigger's Fountain of Youth, National Arts Club, New York City, 1978
  • Cyrano-The Musical, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1993-94, Theatre Hagen, Hagen, Germany, c. 1994
  • Coyote Tales, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, 1998
  • Other
  • Texts, Sutter's Gold--A Cantata (cantata), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston, MA, 1980
  • Film Lyrics
  • Fiddler on the Roof (musical), United Artists, 1971
  • Title song and other songs, Blame It on Rio, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Die Schelme von Schelm (animated; also known as Aaron's Magic Village, The Real Shlemiel, and Le monde est un grand chelm), Avalanche Releasing, 1995
  • Contributed lyrics to songs for unproduced films.
  • Film Scores
  • (With Michel Legrand) Die Schelme von Schelm (animated; also knownas Aaron's Magic Village, The Real Shlemiel, and Le monde est un grand chelm), Avalanche Releasing, 1995
  • Film Songs
  • Title song, The Heartbreak Kid, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972
  • Harnick's songs have been featured in films, television broadcasts, and video collections.
  • Television Lyrics
  • Specials
  • (With Ogden Nash) Art Carney Meets Peter and the Wolf, ABC, 1958
  • "William's Doll," Marlo Thomas and Friends in Free to Be ... You and Me (also known as Free to Be ... You and Me), ABC, 1974
  • She Loves Me, PBS, 1979
  • The Way They Were, syndicated, 1981
  • "The Man with the Sign" (version of "Stars and Stripes Forever"), I Love Liberty, ABC, 1982
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit (animated), HBO, 1991
  • Translated the lyrics of the aria "Questa o quella" into English for a Placido Domingo television special, 1985.
  • Pilots
  • Title song lyrics, Marriage Is Alive and Well, NBC, 1980
  • Television Music and Lyrics
  • Series
  • Cavalcade of Stars, DuMont, c. 1952
  • We'll Get By, CBS, 1975
  • Television Music
  • Episodic
  • "The Canterville Ghost," ABC Stage 67, ABC, 1966
  • Television Music and Lyrics
  • Pilots
  • We'll Get By, CBS, 1975
  • Albums
  • Evening with Sheldon Harnick, DRG, 1971
  • Regards to the Lindsay Years, 1973
  • Musical Life in Concert, DRG, 1994
  • Harnick's music has been featured in cast albums, such as The Apple Tree, Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello!, The Merry Widow,and She Loves Me; and several other recordings and translated for foreign recordings.

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