There is to be a Q&A with Ted Chapin, President and Chief Creative Officer, Rodgers & Hammerstein, following the performance of ALLEGRO at Southwark Playhouse on Wednesday 7 September. Entry to the Q&A will be free for all ticket holders of that evening’s performance of the show. ALLEGRO is running in The Large at Southwark Playhouse until 10 September 2016.
With an epic score by Richard Rodgers and a ground breaking book by Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ALLEGRO opened in 1947 to the highest advance in Broadway history.
Almost 70 years later, this extraordinary musical is to receive its professional European stage première, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland.
ALLEGRO is the third collaboration for the stage by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II following OKLAHOMA! and CAROUSEL. This ensemble musical chronicles nearly four decades in the life of an Everyman, Joseph Taylor, Jr., from cradle through a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about. The first musical to be staged by a director who was also the choreographer (the legendary Agnes de Mille), the unique structural format allows the saga to whisk us from Joe's birth through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his career; from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life, in a series of vignettes and musical sequences dazzling in their simplicity and stunning in their impact. Ahead of its time theatrically, ALLEGRO remains timeless in its appeal.
(Photo credit Scott Rylander)
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