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 when collaborating on a show called Fly With Me at Columbia University. Richard Rodgers also met Lorenz Hart during his time at Columbia, and the two began to collaborate. Rodgers and Hart wrote the music and lyrics for 26 musicals, and they produced hits such as “My Funny Valentine”, “Blue Moon”, Isn’t It Romantic”, and “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered.” Though they produced a lot of great music, Rodgers and Hart’s relationship was dysfunctional. Hart was an alcoholic, and he frequently disappeared. They finally broke their partnership in 1942, when Rodgers proposed that they should make the play Green Grow the Lilacs into a musical. Rodgers saw the possibilities, but Hart did not; he said that the play was not their style, and that it…

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