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When Broadway Went to Hollywood$
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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199395408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395408.001.0001

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Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe

Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe

(p.187) Chapter 11 Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe
When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the musicals of songwriting teams Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Lerner and Loewe. Rodgers and Hammerstein's influence on Broadway was immense. Their format of “musical play” was all the rage at one point, and even daffy musical comedy became rationalized. Some shows seemed to be their work in all but name; Loewe and Lerner's Brigadoon (1947) was the main one, with its powerful sense of community, its long first act and short second, its Agnes de Mille choreography, and its thematic richness—all elements of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. The remainder of the chapter details the stories behind the making of Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair (1945), Oklahoma! (1955), Carousel (1956), The King and I (1956), South Pacific (1958), The Sound of Music (1965); and Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon (1947), Gigi (1958), and My Fair Lady (1964).

Keywords:   Hollywood musicals, movie musicals, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, musical plays

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