Something Wonderful : Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution
by Todd S. Purdum
Editor: Henry Holt & Company Inc
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A revealing portrait of the creative collaboration that transformed musical theatre and rhythms of America Century, They stand at the height of the great era of songwriting, creators of the classic Broadway Oklahoma musicalsCarrousel, le Pacifique Sud, Le Roi et moi, and Le Son de la Musique, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional powerEven before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they were pioneers of a new art form: serious music playingTheir songs and dance numbers served in advance drama and reveal the character, a strong break with the past and the pattern on which all future musicalsAlthough different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented uninterrupted to the world, and forged themselves much more than a team composition, their partnership was also one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment companies of their time.They were cultural powers whose work came to define post-war America on stage, screen, television and radioBut they also had their failures and flops, and more than once they feared that they had lost their contactTodd SPurdum’s portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their revolutionary innovations, will enchant music theatre lovers, lovers of the classic American songbook, and young lovers from everywhere they areIt shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein forged was really something wonderful
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