Over 3,500 images from artifacts that represent productions composed by Richard Rodgers from forty-one shows, from Poor Little Ritz Girl of 1920 to I Remember Mama, 1979. Included are photographs, programs, window cards, advertising ephemera, manuscripts and set designs.
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Richard Rodgers And Other Lyricists
After the death of Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers wrote the music and lyrics for No Strings (1962). The show won two Tony awards and featured the song, "Somewhere for Me," from which the lyric "the sweetest sounds" comes, hence the title of this website. Reviews were mixed, but Rodgers received praise for the score.
Arthur Laurents recruited Hammerstein's protégé, Stephen Sondheim, to work with Rodgers on Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965). The show was a success, but the partnership was an unhappy one.
Sheldon Harnick, well-known for his career with Jerry Bock, provided lyrics for Rex, a musical about Henry VIII, in 1976. Martin Charnin collaborated with Rodgers on Two by Two (1971) and his final production, I Remember Mama in 1979.
In earlier days, Rodgers had supplied Lorenz Hart with melodies to inspire the lyrics. His collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein reversed that process, Rodgers fitting music to his partner's words with great success. In these later years, Rodgers continued this method of composition, allowing his collaborators to initiate the creative work.
Internet Broadway Database - Richard Rodgers. <http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=8323>
Public Broadcasting. American Masters Profile of Richard Rodgers. <http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/richard-rodgers/about-richard-rodgers/690/>
Richard Rodgers Fact Book with Supplement. New York: The Lynn Farnol Group, 2006.
Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. <http://www.rnh.com>
Secrest, Meryle. Somewhere for Me: a Biography of Richard Rodgers. New York: Random House, Inc., 2001.