Composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II created some of the greatest Broadway shows of all time, with some of the most wonderful songs ever heard in a theatre. Our June concert, The Very Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein, features these beloved songs and more:
From a 2005 concert version of South Pacific, performed at Carnegie Hall and starring Reba McIntire as Nellie and Brian Stokes Mitchell as Emile. The New York Times raved about this production, which critic Ben Brantley said was “performed in a state of nearly unconditional rapture.” He also said of Brian Stokes Mitchell, “His place in the pantheon of romantic musical leads is now guaranteed.”
This clip comes straight from the 1958 film version of South Pacific and showcases the comedic talents of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Ray Walston, later to achieve fame on television in “My Favorite Martian” and “Picket Fences,” leads the other lonely sailors in this funny song.
In this video, the stars of the 2018 Carousel revival record “If I Loved You” for the GRAMMY-nominated cast album. Joshua Henry played Billy Bigelow, Jesse Mueller played Julie Jordan, and both were Tony-nominated. Jesse Mueller first appeared on Broadway in 2011, starring in a revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. She got her first Tony nomination for that performance, and then won the 2014 Tony for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She was nominated again in 2016 for Waitress and in 2018 for this revival of Carousel. Joshua Henry broke out on Broadway in 2007, appearing in the award-winning ensemble cast of In the Heights. He starred in The Scottsboro Boys and was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Henry played Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of Hamilton, and went on to play the role in the first U.S. national tour.
From the 1956 film of Carousel, featuring the cast in a famous dance sequence. Dance was a major part of Oklahoma! and Carousel, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first two musicals.
Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr star in the 1956 film The King and I. In this scene, the two main characters are still just getting to know each other. The song, and the activity of dancing, brings them closer together and creates an almost visible spark between them!
Kristin Chenoweth performed a 60th anniversary tribute to Oklahoma! at Studio 54. This song is another of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s comedic numbers, with the daffy character of Ado Annie proclaiming that she just “cain’t say no.”
Here’s the instantly recognizable opening scene of The Sound of Music, with Julie Andrews as Maria doing her famous twirl on the mountainside as the camera swoops in. Her extraordinary voice and the stunning scenery establish this as a very different musical.
For those of us who grew up watching The Sound of Music on TV, this number in particular, with the thunder outside and the children gathered in their new nanny’s room, stands out as a fond memory. And who among us hasn’t referenced this song and the list of favorite things in some way, at some time in our lives?
You’ll hear all these songs and more when you join the Cape Symphony, guest conductor Peter Mansfield, and stars of the nationally acclaimed Boston Conservatory at Berklee Theater Division for The Very Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein, June 8 and 9. Get your tickets now at capesymphony.org or call 508.362.1111.