On Your Toes

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Rodgers & Hart’s Broadway hit, a combination of musical comedy, jazz and ballet, introduced several of their most popular tunes, including “There’s A Small Hotel” and “Glad to Be Unhappy.” Directed by the legendary George Abbott and choreographed by newcomer George Balanchine, this landmark musical featured two extensive ballet sequences, marking an early example of musical comedy incorporating dance as … Read More

The Boys from Syracuse

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Twins! More twins! Lovers – chased and chaste! The first musical ever adapted from Shakespeare remains one of the most madcap musical farces ever to animate the stage. Featuring American standards like “Falling in Love with Love,” “Sing for Your Supper” and “This Can’t Be Love,” The Boys from Syracuse remains a treasure in the canon of the American Songbook. … Read More

Carmen Jones

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Following the immense success of Oklahoma!, Oscar Hammerstein II returned to a passion project – a visionary feat – resetting Bizet’s Carmen in a Southern wartime parachute factory, featuring an all-Black cast. With the admiration and assistance of Broadway’s most spectacular producer, Billy Rose, Carmen Jones made its landing at the Broadway Theatre. A little over a decade later, the … Read More

Pal Joey

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This penultimate Rodgers & Hart collaboration introduced the first anti-hero to propel a musical. One of the first Broadway shows to transition the American musical into a fine art form, Pal Joey was innovative in its honest, dark framing of complex characters from Chicago’s nightlife scene. Arguably ahead its time, Pal Joey featured many beloved standards of the American songbook, … Read More

Babes in Arms

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Hailed as one of the finest musical comedies of its era, Babes in Arms introduced several songs into the American Songbook, including “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Where or When,” “Johnny One-Note” and “I Wish I Were in Love Again.” The quintessential “let’s put on a show” musical was adapted into a hit MGM film starring Judy … Read More

Show Boat

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Based on Edna Ferber’s classic American novel, 1927’s lyrically masterful Show Boat, by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, is the most-recorded musical of all time. The first show of its kind, Show Boat presented complex characters grappling with timely, realistic themes woven into a substantial plot. Spanning the years from 1880 to 1927, the epic narrative concerns the lives, … Read More

Me and Juliet

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s love letter to the theatre takes place both onstage and backstage during the production of a musical entitled – what else? – Me and Juliet. As seasoned show business professionals, Rodgers & Hammerstein created this 1953 musical to pull back the curtain on a fictional, long-running Broadway show. One of their lesser-known works, Me and Juliet was … Read More

State Fair

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Following the success of 1943’s Oklahoma!, 20th Century Fox offered Rodgers & Hammerstein the opportunity to write a musical version of their 1933 film State Fair. When the film premiered in 1945, so did multiple songs now regarded as American Standards, like “It’s A Grand Night For Singing,” “So Far” and “It Might As Well Be Spring,” which won the … Read More

Pipe Dream

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From the pages of Steinbeck, the drifters and dropouts along Cannery Row spring to life in this uncommon story of love and hope. When Suzy, a homeless girl, is picked up for stealing food, she’s taken in by Fauna, the bighearted Madam of the Bear Flag Café (which is no café at all). Here she meets Doc, a carefree marine … 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