1947 Original Broadway Production

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The cast recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s innovative 1947 musical Allegro was recorded shortly after the show’s Broadway opening on October 10, 1947. With dance arrangements by Trude Rittmann and orchestrations by trusted collaborator Robert Russell Bennett, this recording was conducted by the production’s musical director, Salvatore Dell’Isola. The original Broadway cast included William Ching, Annamary Dickey, Roberta Jonay, Muriel … Read More

2014 Classic Stage Company

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Allegro returned to the New York stage, this time off-Broadway at the distinguished Classic Stage Company, where it opened a limited run on November 19, 2014. Deemed “newly glowing” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, this production, directed by John Doyle, featured a cast of 12 actors who doubled as the production’s orchestra; each performer acted, sang and … Read More

1994 City Center

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As a part of New York City Center’s concert series Encores!, Allegro was revived under the direction of Tony Award nominee Susan H. Schulman in a brief four-performance run. Led by Stephen Bogardus as Joseph Taylor, Jr., the cast also featured Karen Ziemba, Christine Ebersole, Jonathan Hadary and, known for originating the role of Ado Annie in the original production … Read More

1947 Original Broadway Production

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In 1946, after their massive success with Oklahoma! and Carousel, Hammerstein approached Rodgers with an idea for a different kind of musical that would focus on an ordinary person struggling to uphold his principles in the face of success in his field. As he wrote the book for Allegro for over a year, Hammerstein was pioneering new territory for American … Read More

Allegro

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s innovative experiment Allegro chronicles nearly four decades in the life of a man, Joseph Taylor, Jr., from cradle through a midlife, personal revelation. The first Broadway musical to be staged by a director who was also its choreographer (the legendary Agnes de Mille), Allegro opened on Broadway on October 10, 1947 at the Majestic Theatre, where it … Read More