The Richard Rodgers Reader

The Richard Rodgers Reader

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by Geoffrey Holden Block
     
 

"Excellent."--John Lahr, The New Yorker

"A useful and informative anthology of essays, interviews, and criticism drawn from a diversity of published and unpublished sources.... The Richard Rodgers Reader is like surfing the Internet. One can dip into it or read it section by section."
--Mel Gussow, New York Times

Richard Rodgers was one of America's most

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"Excellent."--John Lahr, The New Yorker

"A useful and informative anthology of essays, interviews, and criticism drawn from a diversity of published and unpublished sources.... The Richard Rodgers Reader is like surfing the Internet. One can dip into it or read it section by section."
--Mel Gussow, New York Times

Richard Rodgers was one of America's most prolific and best-loved composers. A world without "My Funny Valentine," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Blue Moon," and "Bewitched," to name just a few of the songs he wrote with Lorenz Hart, is scarcely imaginable, and the musicals he wrote with his second collaborator, Oscar Hammerstein--Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music--continue to enchant and entertain audiences.

Arranged in four sections, Rodgers and Hart (1929-1943), Rodgers and Hammerstein (1943-1960), Rodgers After Hammerstein (1960-1979), and The Composer Speaks (1939-1971), The Richard Rodgers Reader offers a cornucopia of informative, perceptive, and stylish biographical and critical overviews. It also contains a selection of Rodgers's letters to his wife Dorothy in the 1920s, the 1938 Time magazine cover story and New Yorker profiles in 1938 and 1961, and essays and reviews by such noted critics as Brooks Atkinson, Eric Bentley, Leonard Bernstein, Lehman Engel, Walter Kerr, Ken Mandelbaum, Ethan Mordden, George Jean Nathan, and Alec Wilder. The volume features personal accounts by Richard Adler, Agnes de Mille, Joshua Logan, Mary Martin, and Diahann Carroll. The collection concludes with complete selections from more than thirty years of Rodgers's own writings on topics ranging from the creative process, the state of the Broadway theater, even Rodgers's bout with cancer, and a generous sample from the candid and previously unpublished Columbia University interviews.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195139549
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Series:
Readers on American Musicians Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction3
pt. IRodgers and Hart, 1919-1943
The Age of Rodgers and Hart11
"My Heart Stood Still"19
From Letters to Dorothy, 1926-1937 and A Personal Book30
Chee-Chee, The Castration Musical39
Cover Story: "The Boys from Columbia"47
"Words and Music: Rodgers and Hart"53
Pal Joey: Drawing "Sweet Water from a Foul Well"68
"Not a Few of His Songs Were Left on the Cutting Room Floor"70
Remembering Rodgers and Hart79
pt. IIRodgers and Hammerstein, 1943-1960
"As Corny as Kansas in August, As Restless as a Willow in a Windstorm"87
"The Work That Changed the Form"105
The Theatre Guild Presents Oklahoma! and Carousel112
"R. and H."124
"What Is a Richard Rodgers?"133
"There's Hope for Everyone"146
The Art of Adaptation152
Rethinking Pal Joey158
"The American Musical"159
"The Musical Stage"162
"Moving in the Direction of Opera"167
A Few Favorite Things about Rodgers with Hammerstein172
"The Nicest Guys in Show Business"178
"Introduction" to Richard Rodgers186
pt. IIIRodgers after Hammerstein, 1960-1979
"You Can't Force It"193
"Rodgers Without Hammerstein"211
"Richard Rodgers Is Calling"217
"The Less Said, the Better"224
"The Plot Against Musicals"231
The Perils of Producing Rex240
Anatomy of a Flop: Pipe Dream, Do I Hear a Waltz?, Rex, and I Remember Mama244
"Overture" to Richard Rodgers252
"Introduction" to Musical Stages255
pt. IVThe Composer Speaks, 1939-1971
"How to Write Music in No Easy Lessons: A Self Interview" [1939]261
"Introduction" to The Rodgers and Hart Song Book [1951]265
"Jerome Kern: A Tribute" [1951]268
"Pal Joey: History of a 'Heel'" [1951]272
"The Right to Revive" (or "Revive and Let Live") [1954]275
"Cancer? I've Had It!" [1957]277
"Introduction" (with Oscar Hammerstein) to The Rodgers and Hammerstein Song Book [1958]281
"Hammerstein: Words by Rodgers" [1960]284
"Opera and Broadway" [1961]289
"Now the Musical Theater Is Enshrined" [1964]293
"A Composer Looks at His Lyricists" [1967]299
Reminiscences of Richard Rodgers [1969]303
"The Broadway Audience Is Still There, Waiting for More Good Shows" [1971]326
Credits335
Index of Rodgers's Works341
General Index345

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