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  1. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Let’s stipulate at first that I am a Broadway Musical geek. I grew up in Manhattan and was lucky enough to be brought up on Bway theater from an early age. I’ve enjoyed every Rodgers and Hammerstein show success (except Flower Drum Song which I never saw) and have seen every film. That being said this was a carefully researched book that helped me learn more about the duo who moved this genre into a new level of sophistication (Oklahoma to South Pacific to Sound of Music) I loved the inside scoo Let’s stipulate at first that I am a Broadway Musical geek. I grew up in Manhattan and was lucky enough to be brought up on Bway theater from an early age. I’ve enjoyed every Rodgers and Hammerstein show success (except Flower Drum Song which I never saw) and have seen every film. That being said this was a carefully researched book that helped me learn more about the duo who moved this genre into a new level of sophistication (Oklahoma to South Pacific to Sound of Music) I loved the inside scoop about the creation of many of their shows (can you imagine Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn or Doris Day in some of the most iconic roles of the R&H films.) it is a great book for theater lovers. But be aware, it honestly presents both artists warts and all. If you love Broadway Musical Theater, I’d say this is a must read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    This is one of those books that you can’t put down and you are sad when its finished. What a great story of two amazingly talented individuals who brought the world music and words that changed our lives and that we will never forget. The book is so well researched and supported. The book is a treasury of information that is fun yet not bogged down in minute details. Here is an example. This is an excerpt in the book from a letter that Richard Rodgers wrote to Michael Bennett after seeing his wo This is one of those books that you can’t put down and you are sad when its finished. What a great story of two amazingly talented individuals who brought the world music and words that changed our lives and that we will never forget. The book is so well researched and supported. The book is a treasury of information that is fun yet not bogged down in minute details. Here is an example. This is an excerpt in the book from a letter that Richard Rodgers wrote to Michael Bennett after seeing his work as director of A Chorus Line: “ I didn’t just have a good time at A Chorus Line, I laughed and cried and had that wonderful feeling way deep inside that can only be there in the presence of something great and new.” The quote summarizes what Rodgers & Hammerstein did for generations and generations to come.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annie Fox

    Impeccably researched history of the team that remade Broadway theatre into musical plays that were about something... the human condition... Oklahoma! Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Cinderella, State Fair (yes, some were more memorable than others) but the fact that Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote songs that are still song and still carrying emotional punch is a testament to their genius. They led the way for composers/lyricists to write songs that reve Impeccably researched history of the team that remade Broadway theatre into musical plays that were about something... the human condition... Oklahoma! Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Cinderella, State Fair (yes, some were more memorable than others) but the fact that Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein wrote songs that are still song and still carrying emotional punch is a testament to their genius. They led the way for composers/lyricists to write songs that revealed character and moved the plot forward (no small feat). If you appreciate books about the creative process, about grit and resilience, about what makes and breaks partnerships, this one is for you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I absolutely loved this book about Rogers and Hammerstein. Filled with interesting facts and stories about their amazing partnership and groundbreaking musicals, is the historical background of New York theatre. Maybe just because I grew up listening to Rogers and Hammerstein musicals, and later directed my students in their plays,it resonated with me. Highly recommended for similar theatre geeks.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Riester

    The creative process as practiced by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Hits--Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song, The Sound of Music. Failures- Allegro, Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream Later by Rodgers--No Strings, Do I Hear a Waltz, Two By Two, I Remember Mama, Rex

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sally Sharamitaro

    What a wonderful history of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Johnson

    I really liked that the creative process and how the music itself was explored.

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