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Broadway giants: How Rodgers and Hammerstein transformed musical theater




Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein on March 9, 1960 in London to promote their new show 'Flower Drum Show'.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein on March 9, 1960 in London to promote their new show 'Flower Drum Show'.
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Almost 75 years ago, composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II opened their first Broadway co-production, Oklahoma!

The two had written dozens of musicals on their own before the 1943 production, but went on to win critical acclaim and a special Pulitzer Prize arts award after joining forces, followed by creating a string of golden age musicals including Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.

In a new book by longtime journalist and writer Todd S. Purdum, Purdum details their inspiring partnership through a rare trove of letters, diaries, interviews and more.

Host Larry Mantle speaks to Purdum about the book and how the Rodgers-Hammerstein names will forever be remembered for building “Something Wonderful.”

Guest:

Todd S. Purdum, author of the book, “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution” (Henry Holt and Company, 2018); senior writer at POLITICO and contributing writer editor at Vanity Fair



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