Carousel, which was voted Time magazine's best musical of the 20th century, was the second to be written by Richard Rogers (book and lyrics) and Oscar Hammerstein II
(music) following their 1943 smash hit Oklahoma
All of the plays considered in Making Americans were created by Jewish composers and lyricists, men and some women, too, who helped to define the genre of this quintessentially American musical form: Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II
, Irving Berlin, Eddie Cantor, George and Ira Gershwin, and Dorothy and Herbert Fields.
As a young man I studied lyric-writing under Oscar Hammerstein II
, and went on to write the lyrics for musicals, including West Side Story, Merrily We Roll Along and Into the Woods.
Based on two stories from James A Michener's book Tales of the South Pacific, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948, South Pacific was turned into a musical by the dynamic duo of the time, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
The Sound of Music, the last musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
, opened on Broadway in 1959 starring Mary Martin in the role of Maria.
In the second, during World War II and beyond, he worked with Oscar Hammerstein II
THE only Oscar to win an Oscar is Oscar Hammerstein II
, who won Best Song in both 1941 and 1945.
They stem from a boyhood friendship Sondheim had with Oscar Hammerstein II
, a neighbor and one of the towering figures in American musical theater.
Thus, the accompaniment to "Over the Hill to the Poor House" is said to adumbrate "that used in musical theatre 'hymns' such as Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'You'll Never Walk Alone' " (from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
, Carousel , p.
A Great Performances favorite, Andrews has appeared many times on the series, including her one-woman concert in 1990, a biographical profile on the occasion of her return to Broadway in Victor/Victoria in 1995, two My Favorite Broadway specials, concert tributes to Alan Jay Lerner and Oscar Hammerstein II
, and the encore broadcast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella in 2004.
with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
, was based on the Lynn L Riggs play Green Grow the Lilacs and was the first musical written by the duo.
In 1927, the musical play ''Show Boat,'' with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II
, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.