February 15, 1993
NEXT month marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark show "Oklahoma!" -- the 1943 production by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II that transformed musical theater. It ran on Broadway for over five years and a touring company performed the show around the country for nine years. Music professor Walter Frisch wrote in the winter issue of "Columbia" magazine about the inception of the show:"From the beginning, Rodgers and Hammerstein worked with each other in a way different than either had done with previous collaborators.
April 25, 2012
The Manchester Valley High School drama department will debut its production of Rogers and Hammerstein's classic tale, "Once Upon A Mattress," on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the school, 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester. Those who think they know the story of "The Princess of the Pea" may be in for a surprise with this story of royal courtship, filled with music and humor. Additional performances are Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, also at 7 p.m. each night.
November 24, 2000
It was the first modern American musical - the first to fully interweave plot and music, and the first to deal with serious subject matter and themes. "Show Boat" is also, quite simply, a great work - great in terms of its epic story (adapted by Oscar Hammerstein II from Edna Ferber's novel), its magnificent score (by Jerome Kern and Hammerstein), and its physical size. The touring production at the Lyric Opera House reflects some, but hardly all, of that greatness. Directed by Clayton Phillips, a protege of Harold Prince, this version owes a degree of allegiance to Prince's 1995 Tony Award-winning revival.
October 31, 1991
Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic "South Pacific," currently on stage at Toby's Dinner Theatre, is a vibrant production that zips along at a roller coaster pace.Smartly directed by Toby Orenstein, the show, one of the most popular of all time, still retains the magic and the marvel 42 years after its initial Broadway opening.An admirable singing an dancing chorus and a bevy of fine performers make this production an outstanding one.Performed in the round with limited opportunity for large set designs, this version, nevertheless, conveys the feel and flavor of a lush island set somewhere in the blue waters of the South Pacific during World War II.Based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Tales of the South Pacific," the musical drama with comedy overtones was adapted by Oscar Hammerstein and Josh Logan and set to music by Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers.
May 5, 2002
Stephen Sondheim has told the story so often, it's nearly a legend. When he was 15, he showed Oscar Hammerstein a musical he had written with two fellow students. He was, he admits, naive enough to think it was worth putting on professionally. Hammerstein, the famed lyricist of such classic musicals as The Sound of Music and Carousel, knew differently, and he spent several hours explaining why. Far from disheartened, Sondheim was encouraged by his mentor's attention. "He treated me like an adult, and because there was no condescension, I was a sponge," he recalls.
February 22, 1996
Mandy Patinkin makes up his own private story for every song he sings in concert -- but don't ask him what they are. He's not telling."All I want you to see is someone connected to the words," he says, speaking by car phone as he drives along the Palisades Parkway to his home in New York City."