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South Pacific: Paradise Rewritten

Jim Lovensheimer

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195377026
eISBN:
9780199864560
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377026.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This book explores the development of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s classic Broadway musical South Pacific. In particular, it notes how the team balanced the creation of a commercially ... More


Who Can Explain It?

Jim Lovensheimer

in South Pacific: Paradise Rewritten

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195377026
eISBN:
9780199864560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377026.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This introductory chapter considers the 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific (created by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II). The enthusiastic reception of this production suggests the show’s ... More


Richard Rodgers: Born: June 28, 1902, New York, New York Born: June 28, 1902, New York, New York Died: December 30, 1979, New York, New York

Steven Suskin

in Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195314076
eISBN:
9780199852734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Richard Rodgers. It starts with an interesting commentary of his career. The chapter gives details on productions, with data and song information. Rodgers grew up ... More


Contracts and Commitments

Tim Carter

in Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106190
eISBN:
9780300134872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the contracts and commitments related to the production of the musical Oklahoma!. It explains that the various artistic and financial problems facing the Theatre Guild in the ... More


The Politics of Color in Oscar Hammerstein’s Carmen Jones

Melinda Boyd

in Blackness in Opera

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036781
eISBN:
9780252093890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036781.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter explores the politics of color in Oscar Hammerstein's Carmen Jones by focusing on the various layers of representation in its stage and film versions. Carmen Jones uses lyrics that adopt ... More


Carousel: The Invasion of the Integrated Musical

Geoffrey Block

in Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167306
eISBN:
9780199849840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

As early as the 1920s Rodgers strove to create musicals in which songs were thoroughly integrated into a dramatic whole. In his finest efforts with Hart, including On Your Toes and Pal Joey, and in ... More


Creative Processes

Tim Carter

in Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106190
eISBN:
9780300134872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the creative process behind the musical Oklahoma!. It discusses Richard and Oscar Hammerstein's account of the creation of the show and their fidelity to Lynn Riggs's play Green ... More


Creative Processes

Tim Carter

in Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical, Revised and Expanded Edition

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190665203
eISBN:
9780190665241
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190665203.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

A striking amount of material survives to document the creation of what became known as Oklahoma!—including Hammerstein’s sketches and drafts for the libretto (first completed in November 1942), his ... More


Playwriting through Movement: De Mille’s Dances for Carousel

Kara Anne Gardner

in Agnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199733682
eISBN:
9780190246082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733682.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

Carousel was de Mille’s second collaboration with Rodgers, Hammerstein, and the producers of the Theatre Guild. The show moved into the realm of fantasy. An adaptation of Franz Molnár’s play Liliom, ... More


Staging Allegro

Kara Anne Gardner

in Agnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199733682
eISBN:
9780190246082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733682.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

Allegro represented de Mille’s final collaboration with Rodgers and Hammerstein. She served as both director and choreographer for the musical. The show did not find the same level of success as ... More


Setting the Stage

Tim Carter

in Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106190
eISBN:
9780300134872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter explores the early history of the musical Oklahoma!, discussing Lawrence Langner and Theresa Helburn of the Theatre Guild, and the background of Lynn Riggs's play Green Grow the Lilacs. ... More


The Brief Career of Herbert Richard Lorenz

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, and Herbert Fields had been working intermittently on a show called Winkle Town, in which a fellow invents an electronic system that renders electric wires obsolete and ... More


Reading Oklahoma!

Tim Carter

in Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106190
eISBN:
9780300134872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the reviews and evaluation of the musical Oklahoma!. It explains that later accounts of the musical have tended to focus on its design and also on Richard and Oscar Hammerstein ... More


‘How do you solve a problem like the chorus?’: Hammerstein’s Allegro and the Reception of the Greek Chorus on Broadway

Zachary Dunbar

in Choruses, Ancient and Modern

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199670574
eISBN:
9780191759086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In ‘“How do you solve a problem like the chorus?” Hammerstein’s Allegro and the Reception of the Greek Chorus on Broadway’, Zachary Dunbar situates Hammerstein’s failed experiments with choruses in ... More


The Dances of Oklahoma!: An Authorship, or Work for Hire?

Kara Anne Gardner

in Agnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199733682
eISBN:
9780190246082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733682.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

This chapter discusses de Mille’s collaboration with Rodgers and Hammerstein on Oklahoma!, her first Broadway hit. It describes the integral role dance played in the show; the nature of de Mille’s ... More


Heading for Broadway

Tim Carter

in Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106190
eISBN:
9780300134872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the preparation for the Broadway production of Oklahoma!. It explains that the Theatre Guild already had copies of Oscar Hammerstein II's libretto and voice-piano scores of the ... More


An Introduction to Sondheim’s Life and Art

Ethan Mordden

in On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This introductory chapter describes the life and subsequent Broadway career of American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Born into an upper-middle class family in New York, Sondheim enjoyed ... More


Stephen Sondheim: Born: March 22, 1930, New York, New York

Steven Suskin

in Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195314076
eISBN:
9780199852734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0023
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Stephen Sondheim. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Sondheim moved at the age ... More


Oscar Hammerstein was Right

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Popular

During the next two years, six more Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musicals were produced on Broadway, none of them remotely in the class of A Connecticut Yankee. As Chee-Chee took shape, Larry and ... More


Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Todd Decker

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Drawing on archival research and including much new information, this book reveals how Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern created the Broadway musical Show Boat in the crucible of the Jazz Age to ... More


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