Perhaps the greatest musical partnership of the 20th century, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote 11 musicals from 1943-1959.
This lesson will explore the musical duo responsible for a significant chunk of the American musical canon.
Rodgers and Hammerstein
At any given time a piece of musical theatre by Rodgers and Hammerstein is probably being performed. How important is their work? Well, think of it this way: six of their eleven musicals were huge successes! We might consider a pop musician that has more than one hit single on an album a huge success. Here’s the thing, though: with Rodgers and Hammerstein, you’re looking at a group that wrote some of the most well known pieces of musical theatre in American history, won 34 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize. Let’s start by checking out the life and music of this dynamic duo.