Jeff Award-winner Dominic Missimi directs Northwestern's SummerStage 2012 salute to famed Broadway composer Richard Rodgers -- a three-part musical revue ranging from his early romantic tunes to his hit musicals to the jive and jitterbug of the WWII era and beyond. Rodgers and his lyricist partner Lorenz Hart got going by the age of 18, scoring with such Broadway gems as Poor Little Ritz Girl
and A Connecticut Yankee
before they hit their stride with 1937's Babes in Arms
and Pal Joey
, among others. After Hart's death, Rodgers teamed with Oscar Hammerstein II to create such classics as Oklahoma!
(1943), South Pacific
(1949), The King and I
(1951) and of course, The Sound of Music
(1959). One of the truly elite members of the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony)-winners club, Rodgers also received two Pulitzer Prizes and is honored with a U.S. postage stamp -- evidence of a truly groundbreaking career which included 900 published songs and more than 40 Broadway musicals. Don't miss this high-energy salute to the composer of some of the most memorable music of the 20th century.
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