Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers

by William G. Hyland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300071159

ISBN-13: 9780300071153

Pub. Date: 04/28/1998

Publisher: Yale University Press

Hyland's portrait of Rodgers (1902-79) begins with his childhood in an affluent Jewish family living in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. During college years at Columbia University and early work on the amateur circuit and Broadway, Rodgers entered into a historic collaboration with the lyricist Lorenz Hart. The team produced a dozen popular shows and such…  See more details below

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Hyland's portrait of Rodgers (1902-79) begins with his childhood in an affluent Jewish family living in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. During college years at Columbia University and early work on the amateur circuit and Broadway, Rodgers entered into a historic collaboration with the lyricist Lorenz Hart. The team produced a dozen popular shows and such enduring songs as "The Lady Is a Tramp." Rodgers' next partnership, with Oscar Hammerstein II, led to the creation of the musical play, a new and distinctively American art form. Beginning with Oklahoma! in 1943, this pair dominated Broadway for almost twenty years with a string of hits that remain beloved favorites: Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. When Hammerstein died in 1960, Rodgers began a new phase in his career, writing the lyrics to his own music, then joining lyricists Stephen Sondheim, Sheldon Harnick, and Martin Charnin. Despite depression, excessive drinking, hypochondria, and devastating illness at different points in his life, Rodgers' outpouring of music seemed little affected, and he continued to compose until his death at age seventy-seven. An icon of the musical theater, Rodgers left a legacy of timeless songs that audiences return to hear over and again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300071153
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Overtureix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1 Campfire Days1
2 Fly with Me11
3 Melody Man21
4 The Garrick Gaieties29
5 The Girl Friend40
6 Peggy-Ann54
7 A Connecticut Yankee66
8 Simple Simon79
9 Hollywood91
10 On Your Toes101
11 The Boys from Syracuse117
12 Pal Joey126
13 Oklahoma!137
14 Carousel153
15 Allegro163
16 South Pacific174
17 The King and I190
18 R&H207
19 Me and Juliet218
20 Cinderella234
21 The Sound of Music247
22 Words and Music258
23 No Strings264
24 Do I Hear a Waltz?276
25 Time292
Notes311
Bibliography323
Discography329
Credits and Permissions333
Index339

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