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Broadway giants: How Rodgers and Hammerstein transformed musical theater

Almost 75 years ago, composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II opened their first Broadway co-production, Oklahoma!

Almost 75 years ago, composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II opened their first Broadway co-production, Oklahoma!

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The two had written dozens of musicals on their own before the 1943 production, but went on to win critical acclaim and a special Pulitzer Prize arts award after joining forces, followed by creating a string of golden age musicals including Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.

In a new book by longtime journalist and writer Todd S. Purdum, Purdum details their inspiring partnership through a rare trove of letters, diaries, interviews and more.

Host Larry Mantle speaks to Purdum about the book and how the Rodgers-Hammerstein names will forever be remembered for building “Something Wonderful.”

Guest:

Todd S. Purdum, author of the book, “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution” (Henry Holt and Company, 2018); senior writer at POLITICO and contributing writer editor at Vanity Fair

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