[ Read pdf ] Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway RevolutionAuthor Todd S Purdum – Bilb-weil.de

They Stand At The Apex Of The Great Age Of Song Writing, The Creators Of The Classic Broadway Musicals Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King And I, And The Sound Of Music, Whose Songs Have Never Lost Their Popularity Or Emotional Power Even Before They Joined Forces, Richard Rodgers And Oscar Hammerstein II Had Written Dozens Of Broadway Shows, But Together They Pioneered A New Art Form The Serious Musical Play Their Songs And Dance Numbers Served To Advance The Drama And Reveal Character, A Sharp Break From The Past And The Template On Which All Future Musicals Would Be Built Though Different In Personality And Often Emotionally Distant From Each Other, Rodgers And Hammerstein Presented An Unbroken Front To The World And Forged Much Than A Song Writing Team Their Partnership Was Also One Of The Most Profitable And Powerful Entertainment Businesses Of Their Era They Were Cultural Powerhouses Whose Work Came To Define Post War America On Stage, Screen, Television, And Radio But They Also Had Their Failures And Flops, And Than Once They Feared They Had Lost Their Touch Todd S Purdum S Portrait Of These Two Men, Their Creative Process, And Their Ground Breaking Innovations Will Captivate Lovers Of Musical Theatre, Lovers Of The Classic American Songbook, And Lovers In General He Shows That What Rodgers And Hammerstein Wrought Was Truly Something Wonderful What a wonderful and engaging book It takes me back too The first live play I ever saw as a little girl was Oklahoma at the Oriental theater in Chicago So interesting and easy to read.Judy Myers I ve read extensively about Broadway history since I was in my teens and I m an honored citizen now aka old , so I wondered when I first saw this book whether it would add anything to what I already know I was ultimately persuaded to buy it by some of the rave reviews I read I m glad I did There were details about the lives of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein I had not come across before, plus some real insight into how they worked together and what their work gained from their synergy For those who loved their shows, you ll never find such detailed stories of the step by step creation of the hits and the flops as well Broadway music has been the soundtrack of my life and it all started with a friend back in grade school who invited me over to hear the Original Cast recording of Oklahoma Reading about the creation of that landmark show took me right back to that wonderful moment in my life It really was the first time I fell in love with a form of art The affair continues to this day. I bought this rather expensive book after reading the review in The Economist Nevertheless I feared I had another of those dry, fact filled books to show the author worked very hard and knew everything but no, I was fascinated from beginning to end and am very glad to learn so much about the music and the movies I always enjoyed so much I never saw one o the musicals because I always lived to far away now I feel I have seen them all Highly recommended, which I don t do very often Thank you Mr Purdum Just as Oklahoma was to war weary audiences in its dayTHIS book is the tonic I needed in a time when the world around me has ceased to make sense I m not even into Broadway musicals all that much, and found it enchanting Now I find myself downloading original cast albums, just to try to relive some of the magic myself Mr Purdom did a fine job Thanks to NPR s Fresh Air to alerting me to this release.