To mark the 50th anniversary of the original West End production of The Sound of Music, The Stage presents a very special look at the careers of Rodgers and Hammerstein as viewed from the newspaper’s extensive archives.
Using material researched from our digital archive — which goes back to our very first issue in 1880 — we look at how the duo’s musicals made it to the West End stage, how they fared at the hands of the critics and how Rodgers and Hammerstein changed the face of musical theatre. We also examine how Oscar Hammerstein’s legacy lives on in Southwark Cathedral.
Presented by actress Helena Blackman, who also performs extracts from some of the composing duo’s best known songs, the documentary also features opinion from theatre critic Mark Shenton, as well as an exclusive interview with Hammerstein protege Stephen Sondheim.
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Excerpts from Helena Blackman’s album, The Sound of Rodgers and Hammerstein, are included by kind permission of Speckulation Entertainment.