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.
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!
In 1943, ''Oklahoma!,'' the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
, opened on Broadway.
Sondheim talks about his divorced parents, being embraced by legendary composer Oscar Hammerstein II
as a surrogate father, and his experience as a lyricist on "West Side Story;' before embarking on a solo career writing both the words and music.
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.
Amy Asch, ed., The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II
By 1943, Rodgers essentially had fired him, taking on Oscar Hammerstein II
to write the lyrics to "Oklahoma!" It was a musical that marked a turning point in American theater, known for its tight integration of book, lyrics, music and dance.
With Oscar Hammerstein II
, he wrote Carousel, South Pacific, The King And I and The Sound Of Music.
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
. He ushered in an era of intense musical sophistication and experimentation in chords, keys, melodies, ingenious wordplay, and breathtaking (often literally, in difficult patter songs like Company's "Getting Married Today") structure--not to mention hitherto untapped subject matter (such as cannibalism, in Sweeney Todd).
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: