It is a very rare Richard Rodgers show that is termed a flop. From his collaboration with such talented lyrists such as Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, almost everything he touched was golden. Shows that didn’t do well were rare indeed. However, today’s show is one of those. Rex is the story of England’s Henry VIII and his six wives. Maybe because it was written near the end of his career (it is rather old-fashioned for 1976) or maybe the lead is treated so unsympathetically it lasted less than 3 months. It is one of the few musicals that can’t be rented for performance from the Rodger and Hammerstein Organization.
The original cast recording has been re-released by RCA Victor. However, there are no liner notes telling the story, no listing of who is singing and, most astonishing, it doesn’t even list the composer and lyrist names, and it is not like Rodgers and Harnick are unknown! Shame on RCA Victor!
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick
Book: Sherman Yellen
Let’s finish up the time with a Richard Rodgers show that wasn’t a flop. Here’s music from the film version of The King and I.