Born: June 28, 1902, New York, New York
Died: December 30, 1979, New York, New York
This chapter examines the work of Richard Rodgers. It starts with an interesting commentary of his career. The chapter gives details on productions, with data and song information. Rodgers grew up steeped in show tunes. His parents, operetta enthusiasts, kept music in the house; from the age of seven, Rodgers’s ambition was clearly set on musical theater. In 1916 Rodgers discovered Kern—via a subway-circuit touring production of Very Good Eddie (Kern: December 23, 1915)—and began writing songs of his own. The following spring Rodgers’s older brother took him to the annual Columbia Varsity Show. The fourteen-year-old boy was impressed by the lyrics, so brother Mortimer introduced him to the writer Oscar Hammerstein 2nd.
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