Rodgers & Hart - A Celebration
Rodgers & Hart - A Celebration
Music by Rodgers, Richard | Lyrics by Lorenz Hart | Concept by Richard Lewine and John Fearnley
From their first hit song in 1925 through their final show-stopper in 1943, the prolific team of Rodgers & Hart was continually redefining the musical theatre with its wit, freshness and intelligence. In this rousing pastiche, the first act sets the stage for romance while the second act is comprised of their more satiric gems. The brief narration highlights the Rodgers & Hart story, but it's the songs that explain their success. Perhaps master tunesmith Irving Berlin summed it up best: 'Tuneful and tasty, schmaltzy and smart-music by Rodgers, lyrics by Hart.'
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Irving Berlin said it best: "Tuneful, tasteful/Soulful, smart/Music - Rodgers/Lyrics - Hart." read more

Although it has been nearly 35 years since Rodgers & Hammerstein's final collaboration, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, took the Great White Way by storm, it was in fact a new Rodgers & Hammerstein musical that ushered in the fall season on Broadway read more

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The birthday of Richard Lewine, who created the concept for the musical revue RODGERS & HART - A CELEBRATION and ran the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization from 1980-1981.
In 1975 the musical revue RODGERS & HART, conceived by Richard Lewine and John Fearnley, premiered at the Helen Hayes Theater and ran for 108 performances. The show featured over fifty songs composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Lorenz Hart.

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"This remarkable revelry has been fashioned out of wit, insight, and affection by people who not only like Rodgers & Hart but understand what they are about." — New York Daily News
"A champagne- fizz of an evening...wise, mocking, lovely, tuneful...always bewitching ...their songs not only became an indelible part of American musical theatre history but also helped to define the very terms we use to speak of love." — The New York Times, January 01, 1997

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Excerpted from "Rave Revues!," as featured in Happy Talk, Volume 1, Issue 2 - Winter 1994:

"From their first hit song in 1925 through their final show-stopper in 1943, the prolific team of Rodgers & Hart were consistently redefining the musical theatre with their wit, freshness and intelli-gence. RODGERS & HART: A CELEBRATION is a rousing pastiche, the first act setting the stage for romance while Act 2 is comprised of their more satiric gems. A brief narration highlights their careers but it's the timeless songs that explain their success. RODGERS & HART: A CELEBRATION is written for 3 women and 3 men and can be easily expanded as desired. The score includes "My Funny Valentine," "Where Or When," "The Lady Is A Tramp" and "Ten Cents A Dance." "


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Written By: Richard Lewine

It was at the GARRICK GAIETIES in 1925 that I first heard Rodgers and Hart's songs. I wasn't very old but I knew enough to be bowled over by their wit, freshness and intelligence.

The years went by, and I came to know Dick and Dorothy Rodgers quite well. I was a frequent guest and pianist at their parties, and what everyone wanted to hear were those songs. We played them and we sang them and I'm sure everyone felt some inner and personal nostalgia about them: 'Tuneful and tasty, schmaltzy and smart -- music by Rodgers, lyrics by Hart' is the way Irving Berlin put it.

RODGERS & HART: A Celebration had its beginnings when John Fearnley and I were at lunch one day. John had been closely associated with Richard Rodgers as casting director for Rodgers and Hammerstein, and by this time I had long been connected with Dick professionally, having produced the original Rodgers and Hammerstein television special of CINDERELLA when I was at CBS. John wondered aloud if it mightn't be a good idea to do a show about Lorenz Hart. That was over our drink, but by about salad it had become a show about Rodgers and Hart. As time went on it became obvious that what really mattered was to hear those wonderful songs and by dessert the show was about the songs and was made up of them.

We went directly from lunch the four blocks to Dick's office, told him about our conversation and Dick clapped his hands together and said, 'Now that's a good idea.' It was. The show ran successfully on Broadway, then again in Chicago, then Los Angeles and now -- as it turns out -- all over the place.


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Rental Materials for Rodgers & Hart - A Celebration

STANDARD

  • RODGERS & HART - Orchestra Package (6 Books/6 Players)
    • 1 – PIANO-CONDUCTOR – ACT I
    • 1 – PIANO-CONDUCTOR – ACT II
    • 1 – REED I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax)
    • 1 – REED II (Oboe, Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Optional English Horn and Bass Clarinet)
    • 1 – PERCUSSION (see "Materials Notes", under "Production Information")
    • 1 – BASS (Doubling Sandpaper Blocks)
  • Rehearsal Set (14 Books)
    • 10 – Libretto-Vocal Books
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 2 – PIANO-CONDUCTOR ACT I
    • 2 – PIANO-CONDUCTOR ACT II
    • Digital Logo

ADDITIONAL

  • Libretto/Vocal Books 10 pack
    • 10 – Libretto-Vocal Books
  • RODGERS & HART - PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE
    • 1 – Libretto-Vocal Books
    • 1 – PIANO-CONDUCTOR ACT I
    • 1 – PIANO-CONDUCTOR ACT II

Cast Requirements for Rodgers & Hart - A Celebration

3 Women
3 Men

COMMENTS: The New York production featured six men and six women, each with more or less equal-sized roles. In Los Angeles and at Chicago, the casts comprised three men and three women. It is not always necessary, however, for the cast to be evenly divided between men and women; further, it can be an excellent vehicle for two stars and several supporting players.

Set Requirements for Rodgers & Hart - A Celebration

ROGERS AND HART: A CELEBRATION is a musical revue, and as such requires only an extremely simple unit set.

Materials Notes

CUSTOMER NOTE: A few of the pages in the instrumental parts for this score have been reproduced from the original masters and may present some difficulty for the players who are reading them. Please ask you musical director to peruse the orchestra parts in advance of your first orchestra rehearsal in order to address any problems that might otherwise arise. For further assistance please contact our Director of Music, Bruce Pomahac, at 212-699-6563. Thank you.
CUSTOMER NOTE: A few of the pages in the instrumental parts for this score have been reproduced from the original masters and may present some difficulty for the players who are reading them. Please ask you musical director to peruse the orchestra parts in advance of your first orchestra rehearsal in order to address any problems that might otherwise arise. For further assistance please contact our Director of Music, Bruce Pomahac, at 212-699-6563. Thank you.
Trap Set, Wood Block, Triangle, Bells, Vibraphone, Timpani, Temple Blocks, Shell, Optional Castanets, Wind Whistle, Slapstick, Bell Tree, Xylophone.

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Soulful...smart...rodgers...hart

Irving Berlin said it best: "Tuneful, tasteful/Soulful, smart/Music - Rodgers/Lyrics - Hart."

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Rave Revues!

Although it has been nearly 35 years since Rodgers & Hammerstein's final collaboration, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, took the Great White Way by storm, it was in fact a new Rodgers & Hammerstein musical that ushered in the fall season on Broadway

Read More

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