Rodgers and Hammerstein

Rodgers and Hammerstein

by Ethan Mordden
     
 

Now in paperback, this profusely illustrated volume celebrates the legendary collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Filled with original performance photographs, set and costume designs, backstage candids, and lively anecdotes, the book covers the team's complete works including Oklahoma!, State Fair, Carousel, South Pacific, Flower Drum Song, and… See more details below

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Now in paperback, this profusely illustrated volume celebrates the legendary collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Filled with original performance photographs, set and costume designs, backstage candids, and lively anecdotes, the book covers the team's complete works including Oklahoma!, State Fair, Carousel, South Pacific, Flower Drum Song, and The Sound of Music. Ethan Mordden analyzes every one of the shows-detailing the plots, exploring the musical and lyrical ideas, and examining casting and directing choices. Rodgers & Hammerstein is an essential work in the history of American musical theater.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Beginning with the 1943 premiere of Oklahoma! , the collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II--the former's music, the latter's lyrics--epitomized the Broadway musical for nearly two decades. In this handsome book, New Yorker writer and prolific author Mordden ( Opera in the Twentieth Century , The Hollywood Studios , etc.) comprehensively surveys the duo's artistic achievements, from such much-loved works as The King and I and The Sound of Music to lesser-known shows like Allegro and Pipe Dream . He analyzes each musical's plot, details directorial and casting procedures, recounts anecdotes from Stephen Sondheim, Mary Martin and other Broadway notables. More than 200 backstage and promotional photographs, 67 in color, help make this volume an irresistible treat for those nostalgically drawn to the brightest moments in American musical theater history. Fireside Theatre Book Club and Movie/Entertainment Book Club alternates. ( Nov. )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810929111
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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