A highly revered name in the contemporary entertainment, Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company has an unmatched legacy of producing musicals and other related projects. Although the founders of this theatrical boon have been deceased but it still remains a leading company. It is also known for being the world's largest independent music publisher. Among other revived productions by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the first Broadway run of Cinderella has garnered the attention of theatre-goers and critics. Enjoy this fascinating show while it lasts.
Company: Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company
Founders: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Forte: Theatrical productions, Licensing and Music Publishing
When the trend of musicals was emerging, two men appeared on the scene and took the musical theatre to a new avenue of success. The classics written by Hammerstein and composed by Rodgers marked the golden era for musicals. The phenomenal abilities of Oscar Hammerstein immortalized the eponymous characters on pages and unequaled artistry of Richard Rodgers blew the life in those words. This duo working as a team, gave theatre lovers a supreme heritage that will continue to inspire many for the years to come.
Among numerous other successful ventures, major productions by the dynamic duo include Carousel, The King and I, Oklahoma!, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. ‘Oklahoma!' (1943) was the first collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein and together they reinvented the musical drama with their ingenious approach. ‘Carousel' (1945) became a classic tragic musical and set the trend for extensive ballet routines and sung-through material.
‘South Pacific', ‘The King and I' and ‘The Sound of Music' opened to the public in 1949, 1951 and 1959 respectively. These theatrical masterpieces beautified the face of entertainment and served as examples for many productions that followed them. The craze and fame of these vintage hits never faded out and from time to time they have been revived for diverse crowds. Rodgers and Hammerstein tickets have always been in great demand for repetitive runs of their epic shows.
These musicals proved the talents of Hammerstein and Rodgers and made them a highly esteemed name in the business. The popularity of these shows crossed the national borders and they became famous in major parts of the world. During different runs and revivals, these productions have won 15 Oscars, 34 Tony Awards, 2 Grammys and the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.
Currently Running & Future Shows
Started in January this year, I Didn't Know What Time It Was is packing different venues across the country. The event is named after a very famous song whose music was given by Richard Rodgers. Some of the future productions that are lined up for this season include White Christmas and South Pacific. The former will be opening in November 2013 and the latter will premiere in December at the Opera Australia.
Cinderella Comes to Broadway
The much-loved magical tale of Cinderella will come to life on Broadway this season. The show is based on the musical that was originally written for TV by none other than Oscar Hammerstein. The enticing music of the show is given by Richard Rodgers. With some modifications in the plot and book made by Douglas Carter Beane, the show reinvigorates the classic saga and presents it with some fresh faces. The show has been well received by the masses and critics and recently won many awards including a Tony Award and three Drama Desk Awards.