NEW YORK (AP) – The making of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The creation of “Cabaret.”

Those magical musical-theater moments are documented in the papers of John Kander and Fred Ebb, the composer and lyricist behind “Cabaret,” and in the files of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the men who wrote the score for “Fiddler.”

Now this material and more will reside in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts which announced Tuesday that it had received major collections from both sets of songwriters.

“These guys represent the best of American musical theater – at a time in our history when things were better, fields were greener, the opportunities were greater,” said director and producer Harold Prince, who introduced the quartet during a ceremony in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the library, which is located in Lincoln Center.

The Bock-Harnick collection starts with their first collaboration, “The Body Beautiful” in 1958. Besides “Fiddler,” it includes “Tenderloin,” “She Loves Me,” “The Apple Tree,” “The Rothchilds” and “Fiorello!”

The Kander and Ebb archive will begin with “Cabaret,” the team’s 1966 hit that was revived on Broadway in 1998.


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