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By Geoffrey Holden Block

Richard Rodgers was once an icon of the musical theatre, a prolific composer whose profession spanned six a long time and who wrote greater than one thousand songs and forty exhibits for the yankee level. during this booklet, Geoffrey Block examines Rodgers's whole profession, supplying wealthy information about the construction, staging, and significant reception of a few of his most well-liked musicals. Block strains Rodgers's musical schooling, early paintings, and the advance of his musical and dramatic language. He makes a speciality of indicates by way of Rodgers and Hart ("A Connecticut Yankee" and "The Boys from Syracuse") and by means of Rodgers and Hammerstein ("South Pacific" and "Cinderella"), supplying new insights into each. He concludes with the 1st critical examine the 5 missed and sometimes maligned musicals that Rodgers composed within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, after the dying of Hammerstein.

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