|Fiddler on the Roof||Attempting to live a normal life filled with Jewish traditions in early twentieth century Russia, Te...|
|The Baker's Wife||A small Parisian town is enamored with the wonderful bread baked by a newly arrived, middle-aged bak...|
|Juno||Ths story chronicles the disintegration of an Irish family in Dublin in the early 1920s, during the ...|
|Plain and Fancy||The plot brings a pair of New York sophisticates, Dan and Ruth, into the Amish country of Lancaster ...|
|Carmelina||Taking place in the small Italian village of San Forino, about eighteen years after the end of World...|
|Take Me Along||In ‘Take Me Along’ the literary minded teen-ager, Richard Miller comes of age and has hi...|
|Zorba||The story follows Zorba as he talks his way into traveling with Nikos, a young American who has inhe...|
|Rags||Rags tells the story of a naïve Russian immigrant, Rebecca. She has just come to America with her ...|
|Enter Laughing||Loosely based on the life of Carl Reiner, the story takes place in 1938 and focuses on a stage-struc...|
Joseph Stein (born May 30, 1912, New York City) is a Jewish-American playwright best known for his books for hit musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Zorba, Rags, Take Me Along, and The Baker's Wife.
Stein began as a social worker writing comedy on the side. A chance encounter led him to the Sid Caesar Show where he joined the writing team that included Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Mel Tolkin and Aaron Ruben. Richard Kollmar, husband of Dorothy Kilgallen ("What's My Line?"), asked Stein to write a musical about Pennsylvania that would promote the state on Broadway as Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma had its namesake. Stein, with his writing partner, Will Glickman, set out and among the rich heritage that included the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Ben Franklin, and Valley Forge. They were drawn to the Amish of Lancaster County. They purchased a 50 cent tourist book filled with Pennsylvania Dutch slang and returned to New York to write Plain and Fancy. Its central character, Jacob Yoder, the paternalistic head of the Yoder clan, faced with changes forced upon him, grows from the traditions of the past to acceptance of the future. This early study of a man of the earth struggling with his conscience and love for his family would be brought to fruition fourteen years later in Tevya, the milkman, in Stein's classic Fiddler on the Roof. Stein is married to Elisa Loti, a psychotherapist, and lives in New York City.
Plain and Fancy has been running since 1986 at The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana. The theatre's stage was dedicated to Joseph Stein in 1996. The show now runs in repertory with five additional musicals each season.
Radio and TV
Numerous radio and TV shows including: