cover image Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Men and Their Music

Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Men and Their Music

Ethan Mordden / Author, Martin Gottfried / Author ABRAMS $49.5

Beginning with the 1943 premiere of Oklahoma! , the collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II--the former's music, the latter's lyrics--epitomized the Broadway musical for nearly two decades. In this handsome book, New Yorker writer and prolific author Mordden ( Opera in the Twentieth Century , The Hollywood Studios , etc.) comprehensively surveys the duo's artistic achievements, from such much-loved works as The King and I and The Sound of Music to lesser-known shows like Allegro and Pipe Dream . He analyzes each musical's plot, details directorial and casting procedures, recounts anecdotes from Stephen Sondheim, Mary Martin and other Broadway notables. More than 200 backstage and promotional photographs, 67 in color, help make this volume an irresistible treat for those nostalgically drawn to the brightest moments in American musical theater history. Fireside Theatre Book Club and Movie/Entertainment Book Club alternates. ( Nov. )