Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Little Bit of Broadway

The Sound of Music

Both Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had successful Broadway careers before they joined forces. Rodgers provided the music for some of Lorenz Hart’s wittiest lyrics (A Connecticut Yankee, Babes in Arms, I Married an Angel, The Boys from Syracuse, Pal Joey) while Hammerstein wrote lyrics for some of the best of operetta (Show Boat, Rose Marie, The Desert Song, The New Moon). Their partnership changed the direction of American musical theater and gave us some undisputed masterpieces (Oklahoma!, Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, Me & Juliet, Pipe Dream, Flower Drum Song, and The Sound of Music, as well as the musical film State Fair, and the television musical Cinderella).

The Sound of Music, their last show, has some of their most classic songs, including "The Sound of Music", "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and "Do-Re-Mi".

This was the last show of the duo, as Hammerstein died 9 months after the show opened. The very last song he wrote was Edelweiss.

We are listening to the 1997 Tony nominated revival cast recording.
Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II
Book Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse
Basis Maria von Trapp's autobiography The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

Rebecca Luker: Maria
Michael Siberry: Captain von Trapp
Patti Cohenour: Mother Abbess
Jan Maxwell: Elsa Schraeder
Fred Applegate: Max Detweiler
Dashiell Eaves: Rolf

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