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Joseph Stein

Producer, Writer, Source Material
( b. May 30, 1912 New York, New York, USA - d. Oct 24, 2010 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Relations: Husband of Elisa Loti (1975 - 2010) his death
Joseph Stein was a veteran musical librettist who penned the books to such shows as Fiddler on the Roof and Zorba. Mr. Stein was born to Jewish parents in New York City, and grew up in the Bronx. Taking a masters degree in social work from Columbia University in 1937, he spent the next decade as a psychiatric social worker, writing comedy on the side.

Mr. Stein was best known for the folksy, heartfelt text for Fiddler on the Roof, which was replete with one-liners tailored to the talents of star Zero Mostel's comic style, many spoken directly to the Almighty. He also wrote the books to the shows Mr. Wonderful, Take Me Along, Juno, Irene and Plain and Fancy, and scored a solid comedy hit in 1963 with Enter Laughing.

His steadiest collaborator was Fiddler composer Jerry Bock, but he seemed to have worked at least once with nearly every composer of note of Broadway's Golden Age, including Charles Strouse, Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Bob Merrill, Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane, Marc Blitzstein, Jule Styne, and Albert Hague.

Source: Playbill.com



Productions Date of Productions
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Feb 26, 2004 - Jan 08, 2006
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Nov 18, 1990 - Jun 16, 1991
Jerome Robbins' Broadway
[Musical, Revue, Dance, Original]
  • Additional text by Joseph Stein
Feb 26, 1989 - Sep 01, 1990
Rags
[Musical, Original]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Aug 21, 1986 - Aug 23, 1986
Take Me Along
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Apr 14, 1985 - Apr 14, 1985
Zorba
[Musical, Revival]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Oct 16, 1983 - Sep 02, 1984
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Jul 09, 1981 - Aug 23, 1981
Carmelina
[Musical, Original]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Apr 08, 1979 - Apr 21, 1979
King of Hearts
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Oct 22, 1978 - Dec 03, 1978
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Dec 28, 1976 - May 21, 1977
So Long, 174th Street
[Musical, Original]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
  • Based on "Enter Laughing" by Joseph Stein
Apr 27, 1976 - May 09, 1976
Irene
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Mar 13, 1973 - Sep 08, 1974
Zorba
[Musical, Original]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Nov 16, 1968 - Aug 09, 1969
We Bombed in New Haven
[Play, Satire, Original]
  • Produced by Joseph Stein
Oct 16, 1968 - Dec 29, 1968
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Original]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Sep 22, 1964 - Jul 02, 1972
Enter Laughing
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Written by Joseph Stein
Mar 13, 1963 - Mar 14, 1964
Take Me Along
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Oct 22, 1959 - Dec 17, 1960
Juno
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Mar 09, 1959 - Mar 21, 1959
The Body Beautiful
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Jan 23, 1958 - Mar 15, 1958
Mr. Wonderful
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Mar 22, 1956 - Feb 23, 1957
Plain and Fancy
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Joseph Stein
Jan 27, 1955 - Mar 03, 1956
Alive and Kicking
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Sketches by Joseph Stein
Jan 17, 1950 - Feb 25, 1950
Mrs. Gibbons' Boys
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Written by Joseph Stein
May 04, 1949 - May 07, 1949
Lend an Ear
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Additional sketches by Joseph Stein
Dec 16, 1948 - Jan 21, 1950
1987 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical
 Rags [nominee]
Book by Joseph Stein
1969 Tony Award® Best Musical
 Zorba [nominee]
Book by Joseph Stein
1965 Tony Award® Best Author (Musical)
winnerFiddler on the Roof [winner]
Book by Joseph Stein
1965 Tony Award® Best Musical
winnerFiddler on the Roof [winner]
Book by Joseph Stein
1960 Tony Award® Best Musical
 Take Me Along [nominee]
Book by Joseph Stein
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