Sound Of Music, Oklahoma !, The King And I, Carousel And South Pacific

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Many people have probably heard of a musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. They wrote the music and lyrics for many theatre classics, including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, The King and I, Carousel and South Pacific. Since their collaboration in the 1940’s and 1950’s, their musicals have been viewed by many, and their songs have become classics. Although they were not the only innovators in musical theatre, Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote many popular musicals,used new techniques, and won many awards; therefore, they left a lasting imprint on the theatrical world. The successful collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II began when their relationships with other composers and lyricists began to fail. In 1920, the two met…show more content…
The first musical they wrote together was Oklahoma. Though Walter Winchell said “No gags, no girls, no chance,” Rodgers and Hammerstein knew that Oklahoma would be a hit. Rodgers’ wife left him a note on his pillow one day after rehearsal that said: “Darling, this is the best musical show I’ve ever seen.” Oklahoma premiered on Broadway on March 31, 1943, and it ran 2,212 performances over five years. After its time on Broadway, Oklahoma went on an 11-year national tour. In 1955, Oklahoma was made into a film. The most famous songs from this show are “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’”, “People Will Say We’re in Love”, “Surrey With the Fringe on Top”, and “Oklahoma!” After the astounding success of Oklahoma, Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the musical Carousel. Carousel was based on Ferenc Molnár’s play Liliom. It is about the separate yet connected love plots of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan and Carrie Pipperidge and Enoch Snow, and it includes hits such as “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, “If I Loved You”, and “June is Bustin’ Out All Over.” Carousel opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945. It ran for 890 performances and closed on May 24, 1947. In 1956, a film version was made; it starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, the same stars as the film version of Oklahoma. Next, the musical State Fair was written. It premiered as a film in 1945. This was
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