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6 Plays by Rodgers and Hammerstein

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
South Pacific
The king and I
Me and Juliet
Hardcover, 527 pages
Published January 28th 1959 by Random House Inc./The Modern Library (first published January 1st 1942)
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Greg Kerestan
Feb 01, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it it was amazing
I don't particularly like all of these plays, and I will address them individually in those reviews. But this volume is a must-have for students of musical theatre as a literary or artistic form. Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote primarily on issues of cultural conflict and change, and though they didn't always deal with these in the best, most PC ways, their works paved the way for everyone who came after them. Some of these plays are masterpieces, a few are lesser works, and one, "Allegro," is an ...more
Daniel Olson
We think of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musicals as conventional classics. The shows contained in this work, however, are hardly conventional, both in the time of their original productions and even today.

Many confront difficult social issues, some in ways that today seem naive (South Pacific) and sexist (Carousel). That a musical would discuss thugs like racism and spousal abuse, however, is still an incredible move forward for the art.

Even more innovative are the structures of many of these sh
May 01, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
More like a 3.5, but I decided to read this because I might start teaching High School Theater and I need to start reading some classics that can be produce and not have the parents kill me. I still hate "Carousel" so much that drops the rating by 1 star by itself. I thought "Allegro" was a pretty interesting idea. "Me and Juliet" is just poorly written but I'll go search for the songs to listen to. I'm so-so about "Oklahoma!" and "The King and I". I really enjoy "South Pacific". All plays are g ...more
Laura Verret
Had some serious world-view issues.
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Oscar Hammerstein II was an American writer, theatrical producer, and (usually uncredited) theatre director of musicals for almost forty years. Hammerstein won eight Tony Awards and was twice awarded an Academy Award for "Best Original Song", and much of his work is part of the unofficial Great American Songbook. He co-wrote 850 songs. Hammerstein was the lyricist and playwright in his partnership ...more
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