• Something Wonderful

  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
  • By: Todd S. Purdum
  • Narrated by: Todd S. Purdum
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-03-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.9 (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and provided the soundtrack to the American Century 
They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, a sharp break from the past and the template on which all future musicals would be built. 
Though different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented an unbroken front to the world and forged much more than a songwriting team; their partnership was also one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era. They were cultural powerhouses whose work came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio. But they also had their failures and flops, and more than once they feared they had lost their touch. 
Todd S. Purdum's portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and lovers in general. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful. 
©2018 Todd S. Purdum (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Alan Khazei on 05-22-18

Terrific story that captures important American era

This is a wonderfully researched and told story that details the amazing partnership of Rogers and Hammerstein. It shows how together they both reinvented musical theater but even more importantly captured and pushed America at its best. The narration by Todd Purdum is excellent. The author’s clear passion for his subject comes shining through and makes the book that much more special. Highly recommend this both for yourself and as a gift for others.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark Stanton on 05-15-18

magnificemt!

Indispensible for lovers of R&H
author's narration is spot on. This is a must read.

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