Rodgers Hammerstein

PDF EBook by Ethan Mordden

EBook Description

Rodgers and Hammerstein is perhaps the best known partnership of the American musical theater. Rodgers Hammerstein PDF EBook That is in large part because of the popular movie version of "The Sound of Music." I suspect that most people are also familiar with some of their other musicals such as "Oklahoma!" "Carousel" or "South Pacific." For that reason, even if you don't love the Broadway musical as much as I do, you will find much to enjoy in this book.

Mordden traces the career of Rodgers and Hammerstein by providing an in depth look at each of the musicals on which they collaborated. Although the chapters are relatively short, Mordden manages to pack an amazing amount of detail into each one. We learn about the plots, yes, but also about many other aspects of each show. We come to understand why many of the shows are considered to be groundbreaking and how the work of these two geniuses impacted their contemporaries and those who followed in their footsteps. Along the way, we hear wonderful stories about each show and we learn about casting, directing and many other aspects of getting a musical on Broadway.

If you love the American musical as much as I do, this short book is a must for your reference shelf. But even if you have only a passing interest in the topic, give this one a try. I suspect you'll come away with a deeper appreciation of the shows you already know and will want to hear the scores of lesser known works such as "Allegro" and "Me and Juliet." IF this book causes that to happen, it is worth every minute you'll spend with it. Like this book? Read online this: Broadway Musicals, Show by Show, I racconti di Pietroburgo.

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