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Price: $500.00

FINE CONDITION

Autographed and inscribed 8” x 10” sepia, matte, double-weight Alfredo Valente, New York photograph of the legendary Broadway composer, c. 1938.  We offer with a first edition, second issue, example of the sheet music of “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from his musical “Oklahoma!”, the song that changed the Broadway musical forever.  The very first issue was printed a week earlier with the initial name, “Away We Go!” and had to be immediately changed when the show’s name was changed. The original back page which only lists 5 other numbers from the show remained the same with this printing. Jim Fuld describes the initial version on page 405 of his,  The Book of World-Famous Music - Classical, Popular and Folk.

Rodgers (1902-1979) was the most successful composer of musical theatre in the 20th Century.  Whilst Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter were also important composers of Musical Theatre, Rodgers works with Oscar Hammerstein II have endured the test of time.  “Oklahoma!”, “Carousel”, “South Pacific”, “The Sound of Music” and
The King and I” are all regularly revived on Broadway and also throughout the Country and Internationally, from professional to amateur productions.

 Rodgers first collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein II in the 1943 musical “Oklahoma!” which revolutionized musical theatre.  Prior to “Oklahoma!” which was initially called “Away We Go!”, based on a Broadway legitimate stage show entitled “Green Grow the Lilacs” which frankly failed.  Broadway musicals had largely consisted of Vaudevillian variety type shows, revues, operetta and fantasy musicals about European royalty.  Jerome Kern’s “Showboat” 1927 musical also featured Oscar Hammerstein II as the lyricist.  It was the first Broadway show that had fully integrated the song, dance into the story without making them separate showcases.  When Hammerstein joined Rodgers, they took it a step further and made the story less fantasy and more akin the verismo movement in opera which began in the post-Verdi world in the last years of the 19th Century which brought real life to the musical stage.  When Alfred Drake stepped out and sang, “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” on March 31, 1943, the Broadway musical had changed forever.

Perfect for display!

 

RICHARD RODGERS - COMPOSER
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