Monday Open Thread | American Musicals: Rodgers & Hammerstein Week

There would be no American Musical Theater without Rodgers & Hammerstein.


Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960) were an influential, innovative and successful American musical theatre writing team, usually referred to as Rodgers and Hammerstein. They created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, initiating what is considered the “golden age” of musical theatre.[1] With Rodgers composing the music and Hammerstein writing the lyrics, five of their Broadway shows, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music, were outstanding successes, as was the television broadcast of Cinderella. Among the many accolades their shows (and film versions) garnered were thirty-four Tony Awards,[2] fifteen Academy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and two Grammy Awards.

Their musical theatre writing partnership has been called the greatest of the 20th century.[3]

Previous work and partnerships

Prior to their partnership, both Rodgers and Hammerstein achieved success independently. Rodgers had collaborated for more than two decades with Lorenz Hart. Among their many Broadway hits were the shows A Connecticut Yankee (1927), Babes in Arms (1937), The Boys from Syracuse (1938), Pal Joey (1940), and By Jupiter (1942), as well as many successful film projects.[4]

Hammerstein, a co-writer of the popular Rudolf Friml 1924 operetta Rose-Marie, and Sigmund Romberg operettas The Desert Song (1926) and The New Moon (1928), began a successful collaboration with composer Jerome Kern on Sunny (1925), which was a hit. Their 1927 musical Show Boat is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the American musical theatre.[5] Other Hammerstein/Kern collaborations include Sweet Adeline (1929) and Very Warm for May (1939). Although the last of these was panned by critics, it contains one of Kern and Hammerstein’s best-loved songs, “All the Things You Are”.[6]

By the early 1940s, Hart had sunk deeper into alcoholism and emotional turmoil, and he became unreliable, prompting Rodgers to approach Hammerstein to ask if he would consider working with him.[7]



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Sunday Open Thread


Happy Sunday, Everyone! We conclude this Sade Week with 2 of my favorites.









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Saturday Open Thread | Sade Week

Happy saturday, Everyone! Enjoy your weekend with family & friends.

Slave song

Kiss of Life

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The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch: In the Gutter and Called Out About It

We have seen many things in the killing of Michael Brown.

Once again, we see an unarmed Black child being put on trial for their OWN MURDER.

It has been a disgusting exercise in watching how the Media has conspired to try and find any and everything to get Darren Wilson OFF FOR MURDERING MICHAEL BROWN.

The media has been more than willing to put Michael Brown on trial for his OWN MURDER.

And the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch has been right there, out in front, with their request to see Michael Brown’s Juvenile Record.

AS IF that was any of their business.

AS IF that had anything to do with what happened on that street in Ferguson.

You have a cop, whose mother is a stone criminal…

And, who was fired from his first police job because the entire department WAS ROTTEN…

And, they wanted Michael Brown’s juvenile record?


A judge denied their request, and the Brown family attorney, Benjamin Crump, sent the Post-Dispatch a letter, accusing them of just wanting internet traffic, and have been biased in their reporting of the case.

The Post Dispatch’s response?

Response to letter from the Brown family attorney

The open letter by Benjamin L. Crump, the lead attorney for the Michael Brown family, is a gross mischaracterization of the weeks of extensive coverage in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since the Aug. 9 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

His letter misconstrues why the Post-Dispatch filed a legal request to determine whether Michael Brown, 18, had a juvenile criminal record. Reports by some bloggers and others on social media have contended that he had a juvenile criminal record.

Our sole motivation is to determine the facts as we continue reporting on many facets of this story.

Funny how those facets never seem to focus on the background of the KILLER of Michael Brown…

Uh Huh.

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Serendipity SOUL | Friday Open Thread | Sade Week!

Happy Friday, Everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the fabulous Ms SADE.



Here you go, Brother Tyren.

No Ordinary Love



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President Obama Observes Moment Of Silence For Anniversary Of September 11th Attacks

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Serendipity SOUL | Thursday Open Thread | Sade Week

Sade Adu - Vol 2 (4)





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