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Broadway History

Winter 2021

Lecture Series

Oscar Hammerstein II: Plenty Of Heart And Plenty Of Hope

Course Content: 

This 8 week series will examine the life and career of legendary Broadway writer and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. His work with such eminent composers as Jerome Kern, Vincent Youmans, Rudolf Friml, Sigmund Romberg, George Gershwin and Georges Bizet, produced shows in the 1920s and 1930s, such as Rose-Marie, The Desert Song, and his masterpiece Show Boat.
But he is best remembered for his 17 year partnership with Richard Rodgers. 

‘Rodgers and Hammerstein’ is the greatest collaboration and brand in the history of Broadway. They were primarily responsible for “The Golden Age” of Broadway. They created 9 Broadway musicals, including Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King And I, and The Sound Of Music, a live television musical (Cinderella), and one film (State Fair). 

Oscar Hammerstein II was the conscience of Broadway throughout his life, addressing issues of racism, bigotry, injustice, and tolerance in many of his plays and songs. He not only wrote lyrics, he also wrote the books or libretti for most of his shows, where he expressed his love of music, the beauty of nature, and the enduring power of love.

Oh, what a beautiful legacy.

Course Information:

Fee:         $72.00 CAD (includes HST)

Dates:        January 21, 2021 - March 11, 2021 (8 sessions)

Time:        Thursdays 2:00 – 3:30 EST
(Note: some classes may be slightly more than 1 ½ hours)
The classes will include extensive video and audio presentations. Songs often include lyrics.
 All classes will be presented online via Zoom.
ALLAN PRICE is a professional actor, director and lecturer. He has performed on stages across Canada for over 50 years and has appeared in numerous films, TV shows and commercials.
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