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The King and I – Manchester Opera House

Book: Oscar Hammerstein II Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Bartlett Sher Reviewer: Matt Forrest As soon as the steamer glides onto the stage, you hear the opening note of I Whistle A Happy Tune, you know you’re in safe hands and are about to be treated to something special. For the arrival of the huge boat into ...

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The King and I – London Palladium

Music: Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Bartlett Sher Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Very few of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musicals come without problematic moments. One only has to think of Billy Bigelow’s wife beating ways, the admiration for Nellie Forbush’s daring to accept her lover’s two mixed-race children, or the cultural stereotyping that is embedded in the ...

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Allegro – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book &Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Music: Richard Rodgers Director: Thom Southerland Musical Director: Dean Austin Choreographer: Lee Proud Reviewer: Daniel Perks Their first collaborative show opened and they were hailed as innovators, visionary artists that were transforming the musical theatre scene for the 21stCentury. They followed this up with the musical play, now an adopted genre across the world for ...

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Friday Night Classics: Rodgers & Hammerstein – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Friday Night Classics from CBSO

Conductor: Martin Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The latest in the series of evenings light classical music from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) celebrates the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Between 1943 and 1959, they dominated musical theatre in America. Tonight’s concert takes music from seven, including their five most successful: Oklahoma! Carousel, South Pacific, The King and ...

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Oklahoma! – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Claire Hayes Oklahoma! two-steps into the Bristol Hippodrome with its much-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, infectiously energetic dances and a sunny side up storyline more complex than the opening boy-meets-girl scenario might suggest. Director Rachel Kavanaugh and her choreographer Drew McOnie’s new version of this 1943 musical ...

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Carousel – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Book: Oscar Hammerstein II Choreographer: Agnes de Mille Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Telling the far from starry eyed love story of Billy and Julie, Carousel rolls into Edinburgh's Festival Theatre for a limited week long run. With it comes the thrill of the fair, the struggles of women and a tender song that hold ...

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Carousel – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein Music: Richard Rodgers Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Lu Greer   Carousel, originally written in 1945, tells the story of the ill-fated romance of Billy Bigelow (Keith Higham) and Julie Jordan (Gillene Butterfield). Soon after the two meet they find themselves out of work with Julie pregnant and Billy, seeing no other choice, turns to crime to try ...

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Oklahoma! – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Music: Richard Rodgers Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Jess Rowe Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration, Oklahoma!, reinvented the world of musical theatre in 1943. It created the idea of "book musicals" (one we theatre-goers now take for granted) that ties in the hard-hitting concept of the plot with pieces of choreographed and musical works of art and ...

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