Scope and arrangement
The Zero Mostel scores date from 1905 to 2000 and contain personal copies of published sheet music both related and unrelated to Mostel's acting career, as well as sheet music from Jim Brochu's play Zero Hour, a tribute to Mostel produced after his death.
The published sheet music includes piano and violin parts for productions such as Fanny and Blooms of Dublin. The work of musical composers Alec Wilder, Meredith Willson, Harry Ruby, and George Frideric Handel is represented. Hand annotated parts for piano and violin for the song "Mother," presumably composed by Mostel, are included. Sheet music for Ulysses in Nighttown (1974 revival) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum can be found in this portion of the papers.
Fiddler on the Roof is well represented in the collection with orchestral and vocal scores. Some vocal scores include notes, presumably made by Mostel. A large portion of the collection consists of the full score and parts for the play Zero Hour, written by Jim Brochu. The Zero Hour material is undated but likely dates between 1980 and 2000.
Additional scores can be found in the Zero and Kate Mostel papers in the Billy Rose Theatre Division.
The Zero Mostel scores are arranged in three sections: published sheet music, scores for Fiddler on the Roof, and scores from the production Zero Hour.