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The Hammersteins : a musical theatre family

Author: Oscar Andrew Hammerstein
Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Hammersteins is the story of one family that changed Broadway forever. The story begins in 1864, when Oscar Hammerstein I emigrates to America, establishes himself as a successful cigar merchant and turns his attention to the business of music and theaters. He builds many theaters, including New York's most majestic opera house. He turns Times Square (then Longacre Square) into the theater capital of the world.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie
Named Person: Oscar Hammerstein, II; Oscar Hammerstein; Arthur Hammerstein; Oscar Hammerstein; Arthur Hammerstein; Oscar Hammerstein; Oscar Hammerstein, II
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oscar Andrew Hammerstein
ISBN: 9781579128463 1579128467
OCLC Number: 665064417
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 236 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 26 cm.
Contents: First steps --
Real estate mogul --
The father of Times Square --
Theatrical phoenix --
Opera war --
Oscar in flames --
Young Oscar --
When I'm calling you --
Show Boat --
When you find your true love --
The 1930s --
Beautiful morning --
Allegro --
The boy who came to dinner --
At the top of their game --
Trying to keep up --
All your living years.
Responsibility: Oscar Andrew Hammerstein.

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The remarkable story of the five generations of what is and was Broadway's greatest and most influential family.  Read more...

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