Laura Benanti, Kate Baldwin, Howard McGillin, More Celebrate Centenary of Sheldon Harnick April 30 | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News Laura Benanti, Kate Baldwin, Howard McGillin, More Celebrate Centenary of Sheldon Harnick April 30

The Fiddler on the Roof lyricist passed away in June 2023 at the age of 99.

Laura Benanti, Kate Baldwin, Howard McGillin, and Sheldon Harnick

A host of Broadway favorites take part in an evening celebrating the life and legacy of late Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick April 30 at 54 Below.

The 7 PM and 9:30 PM concerts, featuring different performers, celebrate what would have been Harnick's 100th birthday.

The 7 PM concert features Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), Tony winner Laura Benanti (She Loves Me), Allison Blackwell (New York, New York), Robert Cuccioli (Rothschilds and Sons), Edmund Gaynes (The Body Beautiful), Amanda Green (Mr. Saturday Night), Adam Kantor (Fiddler on the Roof), Liz Larsen (Fiddler on the Roof), Austin Pendleton (Fiddler on the Roof), Neva Small (Fiddler on the Roof), and Mary Stout (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast).

The 9:30 PM show includes Drama Desk Award winner Jim Brochu (Zero Hour), Mary Callanan (Bandstand), Edmund Gaynes (The Body Beautiful), Stephen Mo Hanan (Cats), Jessica Hecht (Fiddler on the Roof), Penny Fuller (Rex), Eric Michael Gillett (The Frogs), Coulby Jenkins (Broadway for Arts Education’s The Normal Heart), Janine LaManna (Seussical), Bruce Landry (Harmony), Michael Lavine (Lost Broadway CD series), Howard McGillin (Parade), and Bistro Award winner Christine Pedi (Chicago).

Deborah Grace Winer hosts the concerts, directed and produced by Robert W. Schneider.

Matthew Harnick, the son of the late Harnick, said in an earlier statement, “My mother and I are thrilled that 54 Below has chosen to honor what would have been my father’s 100th birthday with a fabulous event featuring songs which span his entire career, some of which are relatively unknown. Please join us on this very special night.”

Sheldon Harnick was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning three for the productions of Fiorello! (1960) and Fiddler on the Roof (1965). In 2016, he received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre plus the Drama League Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre, and a Special Lifetime Achievement Award from The Outer Critics Circle.

In addition, he earned a Pulitzer Prize, two Grammy Awards, two New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, three gold records, and a platinum record. Read the complete Playbill obituary for Mr. Harnick by clicking here.

Tickets can be purchased at

From She Loves Me to Fiddler on the Roof: Look Back at the Shows Sheldon Harnick Brought to Broadway

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