Iconic Broadway Lyricist Sheldon Harnick Passes Away at 99

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Iconic Broadway Lyricist Sheldon Harnick Passes Away at 99
Sheldon Harnick

Sheldon Harnick, the celebrated lyricist who indelibly etched his mark on the Broadway landscape, has passed away at the age of 99. Harnick, whose collaboration with composer Jerry Bock led to some of the most beloved musicals of the mid-20th century, including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Fiorello!,” and “The Apple Tree,” died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, as confirmed by his publicist Sean Katz.

Harnick’s death took place in New York City, where he had spent decades shaping Broadway’s golden era with his transformative storytelling and lyrical prowess. The cause of death has been reported as natural causes.

During his illustrious career, Harnick’s contributions to the world of musical theatre were recognized with both Tony and Grammy awards. His legacy is etched in the timeless melodies and poignant narratives that touched the hearts of countless theatergoers around the world. His collaboration with Bock has often been hailed as one of the premier musical-theater songwriting partnerships of the 1950s and 1960s.

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