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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers

Born: June 28, 1902, New York, New York

Died: December 30, 1979, New York, New York

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(p.81) Richard Rodgers
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Show Tunes
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Steven Suskin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0005

This chapter examines the work of Richard Rodgers. It starts with an interesting commentary of his career. The chapter gives details on productions, with data and song information. Rodgers grew up steeped in show tunes. His parents, operetta enthusiasts, kept music in the house; from the age of seven, Rodgers’s ambition was clearly set on musical theater. In 1916 Rodgers discovered Kern—via a subway-circuit touring production of Very Good Eddie (Kern: December 23, 1915)—and began writing songs of his own. The following spring Rodgers’s older brother took him to the annual Columbia Varsity Show. The fourteen-year-old boy was impressed by the lyrics, so brother Mortimer introduced him to the writer Oscar Hammerstein 2nd.

Keywords:   Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, Broadway musicals, musical theater, show tunes

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