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The Broadway Musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein

Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Complete Broadway / Var
Release Date: 11/06/2012 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 541696   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Philip RashHarry GroenerChristine AndreasNick Jolley,   ... 
Conductor:  Franz AllersLarry BlankSalvatore Dell'IsolaMilton Rosenstock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oklahoma! Pit OrchestraChorusChildren's Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 12 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Broadway musicals of Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) belong to the whole world. They were a cultural phenomenon at a time when Broadway was an undisputed kingdom of American culture. The unique music made by Rodgers’ melodies and Hammerstein’s words featured in the groundbreaking shows they wrote between 1943 and 1960 are known to people everywhere. From this extraordinary body of work, these wonderful songs can now be enjoyed for the first time in one definitive collection of all their musicals.

Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Complete Broadway Musicals is comprised of classic shows which include Oklahama!, The King and I, South Pacific, Carousel and probably the most famous musical of all
Read more time, The Sound of Music. Of these, several made appearances on the Billboard charts as this was a time when Broadway was a consistent supplier of songs for the Hit Parade. Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Complete Broadway Musicals features many original cast performances from legendary Broadway stars such as Julie Andrews, Kaye Ballard, Laura Benanti, Yul Brynner, Liz Callaway, Christine Ebersole, Ezio Pinza, Mary Martin, Audra McDonald, Jerry Orbach, John Raitt, Patrick Wilson, among others.

This deluxe set contains 12 CDs, packaged in sleeves with the original cover art, and a lavish 12”x 12” 100-page book with essays on each show, rare productionand behind-the- scenes photos, liner notes by Ted Chapin (President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein office in New York), biographies, and more.

Repertoire:

OKLAHOMA! Broadway Revival Cast Recording (1979)

CAROUSEL Music Theater of Lincoln Center Cast Recording (1965)

STATE FAIR Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996)

ALLEGRO The First Complete Recording – Studio Cast Recording 2-DISC SET (2008)

SOUTH PACIFIC Original Broadway Cast Recording (1949)

THE KING AND I Broadway Revival Cast Recording (1977)

ME & JULIET Original Broadway Cast Recording (1953)

PIPE DREAM Original Broadway Cast Recording (1955)

CINDERELLA Television Cast Recording (1956)

FLOWER DRUM SONG Original Broadway Cast Recording (1958)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Original Broadway Cast Recording (1959)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Philip Rash (Voice), Harry Groener (Voice), Christine Andreas (Voice),
Nick Jolley (Voice), Christine Ebersole (Voice), Bruce Adler (Voice),
Laurence Guittard (Voice), Mary Wickes (Voice), Martin Vidnovic (Voice),
Stephen Crain (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oklahoma! Pit Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 52 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Carousel by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Jerry Orbach (Voice), Katherine Hilgenberg (Voice), Eileen Christy (Voice),
Susan Watson (Voice), John Raitt (Voice), Reid Shelton (Voice)
Conductor:  Franz Allers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/15/1965 
Venue:  Webster Hall, New York City 
3.
State Fair by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Donna McKechnie (Voice), John Davidson (Voice), Andrea McArdle (Voice),
Scott Wise (Voice), Ben Wright (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
4.
Allegro by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Patrick Wilson (Voice), Marni Nixon (Soprano), Audra McDonald (Soprano),
Judy Kuhn (Voice), Nathan Gunn (Baritone), Liz Callaway (Voice),
Laura Benanti (Voice), Norbert Leo Butz (Voice)
Conductor:  Larry Blank
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus,  Children's Chorus,  Istropolis Philharmonic Orchestra
5.
South Pacific by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Ezio Pinza (Bass), Mary Martin (Voice), Juanita Hall (Voice)
Conductor:  Salvatore Dell'Isola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
6.
The King and I by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Yul Brynner (Voice), Constance Towers (Voice)
Conductor:  Milton Rosenstock
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
7.
Me and Juliet by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Joan McCracken (Voice), Mark Dawson (Voice), Isabel Bigley (Voice),
Arthur Maxwell (Voice), Bill Hayes (Voice)
Conductor:  Salvatore Dell'Isola
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
8.
Pipe Dream by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  G. D. Wallace (Voice), Helen Traubel (Soprano), Judy Tyler (Voice),
William Johnson (Baritone), Mike Kellin (Voice)
Conductor:  Salvatore Dell'Isola
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
9.
Cinderella by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Alice Ghostley (Voice), Jon Cypher (Voice), Robert Penn (Voice),
Julie Andrews (Voice), Edie Adams (Voice), Kaye Ballard (Voice),
Ilka Chase (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
10.
Flower Drum Song by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Arabella Hong (Voice), Larry Blyden (Voice), Pat Suzuki (Voice),
Juanita Hall (Voice), Ed Kenney (Voice), Miyoshi Umeki (Voice),
Keye Luke (Voice)
Conductor:  Salvatore Dell'Isola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/07/1958 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studio 
11.
The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Lauri Peters (Voice), Nan McFarland (Voice), John Randolph (Voice),
Mary Martin (Voice), Theodore Bikel (Voice), Muriel O'Malley (Voice),
Patricia Neway (Soprano), Elizabeth Howell (Voice), Kathy Dunn (Voice),
Marilyn Rodgers (Voice), Karen Shepard (Voice), William Snowden (Voice),
Joseph Stewart (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  11 Customer Reviews )
 A really excellent collection April 19, 2016 By Louis Galie (Leander, TX) See All My Reviews "A beautifully packaged collection on mostly original broadway cast performances of all of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musicals, including some I had only read about. The very well illustrated book that comes with the set contains a wealth of information about the duo, as well as the story of each musical - including all of the awards each musical won. A very useful collection at a very affordable price." Report Abuse
 Strong Collection April 19, 2016 By Louis Schaeffer (Springfield, MO) See All My Reviews "The Broadway Musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein is a very welcomed addition to my theatre music/book collection. The printed book is quite handsome and provides many new photos and facts regarding their material. The CD's are well mastered and have some interesting additions and the end of some of the recordings. I know they could not have put all the recordings in one collection, but this collection will do until that time comes." Report Abuse
 Great Content, Lousy CD Production April 29, 2015 By Dov Isaacs (Saratoga, CA) See All My Reviews "Great collection of classical Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway Musicals. The only negative is that of the CD production itself. In my package, I found that there were “issues” with the CD recordings' integrity for any of the CDs that exceeded approximately sixty something minutes or so. I tried the problematic CDs on multiple players and drives. It wasn't my equipment, but rather, the quality of the equipment used to produce these CDs. (Fortunately, all the issues typically were in the “bonus tracks” and thus, it wasn't worth packaging this whole thing up and shipping it back and hoping that a replacement set was any better!)" Report Abuse
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