Librettist Oscar Hammerstein II
never got to witness the phenomenon that was the film adaptation, dying just nine months after the show's original Broadway premiere in 1959.
CREDITS: A Lincoln Center Theater presentation in association with Ambassador Theater Group of a musical in two acts, with BOOK & LYRICS BY Oscar Hammerstein II
, MUSIC by Richard Rodgers, based ON THE NOVEL "Anna and the King of Siam" by Margaret Landon.
the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
, opened on Broadway.
The music was written by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart, the lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II
, and became a hit in 1955 for the American country singer Slim Whitman.
The last time I boarded the Cotton Blossom--Edna Ferber's fictional Mississippi River steamer, as immortalized by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
in their 1927 Show Boat--it was a sluggish, noisy behemoth that landed not a second too soon.
By 1943, Rodgers essentially had fired him, taking on Oscar Hammerstein II
to write the lyrics to "Oklahoma
The Sound of Music (1959) is a musical with music composed by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
and is based on a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
The Grammy-, Oscar-, Pulitzer-, and eight-time Tony-winning composer-lyricist was famously mentored as a young man by Oscar Hammerstein II
The strength of words to affect people's behavior can be seen in the 1949 musical South Pacific, where Oscar Hammerstein II
has Lieutenant Cable sing:
A It was written by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II
and featured in two movies - The Night Is Young (1934, sung by Evelyn Lane) and Deep In My Heart (1954, sung by Jose Ferrer).
From his rough beginnings as the sun of a coal miner who committed suicide when Keel was a young boy, to his first "big break" courtesy of Oscar Hammerstein II
when he was cast in the role of Billy Bigelow in the Broadway production of Carousel, to his American film debut and unsteady personal life, affairs with Hollywood's leading ladies, and three marriages.
They stem from a boyhood friendship Sondheim had with Oscar Hammerstein II
, a neighbor and one of the towering figures in American musical theater.