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Richard Rodgers

Author: William G Hyland
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Hyland's portrait of Rodgers (1902-79) begins with his childhood in an affluent Jewish family living in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. During college years at Columbia University and early work on the amateur circuit and Broadway, Rodgers entered into a historic collaboration with the lyricist Lorenz Hart. The team produced a dozen popular shows and such enduring songs as "The Lady Is a Tramp." Rodgers' next
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Richard Rodgers; Richard Rodgers; Richard Rodgers
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William G Hyland
ISBN: 0300071159 9780300071153
OCLC Number: 37608332
Description: xiv, 362 p. : ports. ; 24 cm.
Contents: ch. 1. Campfire days --
ch. 2. Fly with me --
ch. 3. Melody man --
ch. 4. Garrick gaieties --
ch. 5. Girl friend --
ch. 6. Peggy-Ann --
ch. 7. Connecticut Yankee --
ch. 8. Simple Simon --
Hollywood --
ch. 10. On your toes --
ch. 11. Boys from Syracuse --
ch. 12. Pal Joey --
ch. 13. Oklahoma! --
ch. 14. Carousel --
ch. 15. Allegro --
ch. 16. South Pacific --
ch. 17. King and I --
ch. 18. R&H --
ch. 19. Me and Juliet --
ch. 20. Cinderella --
ch. 21. Sound of music --
ch. 22. Words and music --
ch. 23. No strings --
ch. 24. Do I hear a waltz? --
ch. 25. Time.
Responsibility: William G. Hyland.

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Hyland's portrait of Rodgers (1902-79) begins with his childhood in an affluent Jewish family living in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. During college years at Columbia University and early work on the amateur circuit and Broadway, Rodgers entered into a historic collaboration with the lyricist Lorenz Hart. The team produced a dozen popular shows and such enduring songs as "The Lady Is a Tramp." Rodgers' next partnership, with Oscar Hammerstein II, led to the creation of the musical play, a new and distinctively American art form. Beginning with Oklahoma! in 1943, this pair dominated Broadway for almost twenty years with a string of hits that remain beloved favorites: Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. When Hammerstein died in 1960, Rodgers began a new phase in his career, writing the lyrics to his own music, then joining lyricists Stephen Sondheim, Sheldon Harnick, and Martin Charnin.

Despite depression, excessive drinking, hypochondria, and devastating illness at different points in his life, Rodgers' outpouring of music seemed little affected, and he continued to compose until his death at age seventy-seven. An icon of the musical theater, Rodgers left a legacy of timeless songs that audiences return to hear over and again.

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