Bruce Hambro presents Rodgers & Hammerstein/Rodgers & Hart

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Saturday, Jun 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Richard Rodgers composed popular music for more than 50 years. During that time, his main lyric- writing partners were Lorenz (Larry) Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. These two partnerships produced countless hit songs and record-breaking Broadway musicals, many of which were later made into movies. This audio-visual presentation celebrates the most renowned music that arose from these two phenomenal partnerships. Rodgers and Hart created such landmark musical shows as Babes in Arms, The Boys from Syracuse and Pal Joey. Their witty and melodic songs include Blue Moon, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, My Funny Valentine, The Lady is a Tramp, and many, many more. After Larry’s tragic death in 1943, Rodgers immediately joined forces with Oscar Hammerstein II, who would become Rodgers’ writing partner for the next 17 years. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s body of work became the most famous creative output in Broadway musical history. Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music have entertained millions of theatre, movie and concert-goers since the middle of the 20th century. During this presentation, the audience members will be encouraged to sing along with such iconic hit songs as Getting to Know You, Where or When, June is Busting Out All Over, and many other classic works from the fertile pens of these two musical geniuses. Bruce Hambro is a music and film historian. He was formerly a business manager and booking agent in the music industry. More recently he has taught American, European, and Ancient history in the Massachusetts public school system. Currently, Bruce presents audio-visual lectures at Senior Centers and Senior Living Communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts, as well as in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. His series of presentations include one-hour programs about legendary singers and composers of the “Great American Songbook” such as: Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, George and Ira Gershwin, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Barbra Streisand. Bruce has been featured on M.I.T.’s WMBR FM radio station as well as on the Town of Needham Cable News Channel.


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