Rodger And Hammerstein's Stage Musical Analysis

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In 1943 Rodger’s & Hammerstein joined forces to create the most successful partnership in American musical theatre. Both men were very well established and successful Broadway writers, Hammerstein was mainly associated with writing musicals with Jerome Kern and Rodger’s was doing the same with Lorenz Hart. The two joined together and were the perfect combination; Hammerstein wrote the lyrics and sent it to Rodger’s who then set it to music. The first Rodger’s & Hammerstein musical was Oklahoma! the play representing a unique fusion of Rodgers’ musical comedy and Hammerstein’s operetta. This was the milestone in the development of American musicals, it also marked the beginning of a very successful partnership in Broadway musical history and was shortly followed by Carousel (1945), Allegro (1947), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951), Flower Drum Song (1958) and The Sound of Music (1959). In this study, it will demonstrate “integration” elements in the musical of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (Oklahoma! – The Stage Musical (31st March 1943, Broadway) and how the songs involved in the musical develop the story and expanded the characters out even …show more content…
It is clear from the research reviewed that Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s use of songs developing the story are something that recent musical writers and composers still use today to add more depth to the story but the songs are also something for the story to hold onto and be developed further, it shows that It was very immersed and widely practiced. Along with this, it is also clear that the review is for the reader to understand the different aspects posed by the research on the legacy of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s musicals. There has been much research and discussions conducted on the topics and on the opinions of different authors and theorists of the influence Rodger’s and Hammerstein have

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