When The New York Times announced that Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
were adapting Ferenc Molnar's play Liliom, they were said to be working on an opera, not another musical like their 1943 hit Oklahoma
Sadly, Oscar Hammerstein II
never got to witness the success of the film version, dying from cancer just nine months after the shows Broadway premiere in 1959.
It all began with the story of the Trapp Family Singers and Baroness Maria von Trapp's 1949 autobiography, which inspired Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to create a Broadway musical in 1959.
With Oscar Hammerstein II
, he wrote Carousel, South Pacific, The King And I and The Sound Of Music.
Perhaps it's the music of Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
, or the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, that have ensured the musical's lasting appeal since its Broadway debut in 1959, followed by the hit movie adaptation starring Julie Andrews in 1965.
However, it proved almost impossible to get the rights to anything we could have realistically put on, and so I suggested instead a 'greatest hits' evening of music by Richard Rodgers, concentrating on the huge successes he had with Oscar Hammerstein II
and the classic numbers he wrote with Lorenz Hart.
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
OPENED "Getting to Know You" from The King and I with a timeless adage about education: "It's a very ancient saying, but a true and honest thought, that if you become a teacher, by your pupils you'll be taught.
The World of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sage Gateshead Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II
(lyrics) had both enjoyed enormous Broadway success from the 1920s, working with the likes of Lorenz Hart and Jerome Kern respectively.
Created as a Broadway musical in 1959 by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, the unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, So Long, Farewell and of course, the title song, The Sound of Music.
The show will bring to life some of the classical songs by lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II
, including "Ol' Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Make Believe" and "You Are Love.
Voted the best musical of the 20th century by Time magazine, Carousel is one of the finest works composed by one of Broadway's most successful partnerships, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Considered one of the greatest musical works of the 20th Century, Carousel was composed by one of Broadway's most successful partnerships, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
, whose stage and screen legacy includes The Sound of Music, Oklahoma