Oscar Hammerstein II

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Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City. His father William was a theatre manager and, for many years, director of Hammerstein’s Victoria, the most popular vaudeville theatre of its day. His uncle, Arthur Hammerstein, was a successful Broadway producer and his grandfather, Oscar Hammerstein, a famous opera impresario. Hammerstein started writing lyrics for the Columbia … Read More

Lorenz Hart

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Lorenz Hart was born in New York City on May 2, 1895, the oldest of two sons of Frieda and Max Hart.  Hart graduated from Columbia Grammar School, and attended the Columbia School of Journalism.  In the late ‘teens a mutual friend introduced Hart to composer Richard Rodgers.  Rodgers & Hart began their career writing the scores for amateur musicals … Read More

Richard Rodgers

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Richard Rodgers’ contribution to the musical theatre of his day was extraordinary, and his influence on the musical theatre of today and tomorrow is legendary. His career spanned more than six decades, his hits ranging from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway, London and beyond. He was the recipient of countless awards, including Pulitzers, Tonys, … Read More