Joseph Stein


Librettist, Playwright

Biography

Life Events

1955

Debut as book writer, "Plain and Fancy", co-authored with Will Glickman

1959

Wrote the libretto for the stage musical "Juno"

1964

Enjoyed biggest commercial and critical hit with book for the stage musical "Fiddler on the Roof"

1968

Penned stage adaptation of "Zorba"

1976

Experienced flop with "So Long, 174th Street", a musical version of his own play "Enter Laughing"

1976

Had another less than successful experience with "The Baker's Wife"

1978

Wrote the stage musical adaptation of the popular cult movie "King of Hearts"; show was hit in Boston but failed on Broadway

1986

Provided the book for the musical "Rags", about immigrants in turn-of-the-century Manhattan

1999

Premiere of "Over and Over", a musical adaptation of "The Skin of Our Teeth"

Videos

Movie Clip

Enter Laughing (1967) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Famous Hollywood Actor Director and co-writer Carl Reiner's lively opening sequence, hero David (Reni Santoni) with parents (Shelley Winters, David Opatoshu) catching an IRT train in the Bronx, 1938, Tyrone Power and Ronald Colman indirectly featured, in Enter Laughing, 1967, co-starring Jose Ferrer.
Enter Laughing (1967) -- (Movie Clip) He'll Be A Druggist The Bronx, 1938, his parents (Shelley Winters, David Opatoshu) waiting up, aspiring actor David (Reni Santoni) returns from his first evening rehearsal, over-selling his opportunity, in Carl Reiner's Enter Laughing, 1967.
Enter Laughing (1967) -- (Movie Clip) Ronald Colman, Right? Wannabe actor David (Reni Santoni) rings girlfriend Wanda (Janet Margolin) from the Manhattan machine shop where he works with Marvin (Michael J. Pollard) and for Foreman (Jack Gilford), circa 1938, in Carl Reiner's Enter Laughing, 1967.
Enter Laughing (1967) -- (Movie Clip) The World Wonders Why I Drink David (Reni Santoni) received by Pike (Richard Deacon) at the audition for down and out actor Marlowe (Jose Ferrer, his first scene), his daughter Angela (Elaine May) at least equally wacky, another candidate being director Carl Reiner's son Rob, in Enter Laughing, 1967.
Fiddler On The Roof -- (Movie Clip) Matchmaker Three of Tevye's daughters (Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, Neva Small) with help from Golde (Norma Crane) and Yente (Molly Picon) perform "Matchmaker," by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, in Fiddler On The Roof, 1971.
Fiddler On The Roof -- (Movie Clip) If I Were A Rich Man The rousing performance by Topol (as Russian-Jewish milkman "Tevye") of "If I Were A Rich Man," by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, alone in a barn, from Norman Jewison's Fiddler On The Roof, 1971.
Fiddler On The Roof -- (Movie Clip) Open, Tradition The haunting opening to producer-director Norman Jewison's 1971 production of Fiddler On The Roof, leading into not the song, but Topol (as "Tevye") embracing "Tradition."

Family

Jenny Lyn Bader
Step-Daughter
Playwright, author. Born c. 1969.

Companions

Elisa Loti
Wife
Psychotherapist, former actor.

Bibliography