Highlights from the star-studded tribute to Richard Rodgers that was held this past April at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will be broadcast Oct. 16.
PBS stations in the metropolitan area will begin airing "On Stage at the Kennedy Center: Richard Rodgers Gala" at 8 PM ET on Oct. 16. A repeat broadcast is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20 at 5 AM. Check local listings.
Among the performers who took part in the salute to the late composer of South Pacific and The Sound of Music were Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Howard Keel, Shirley Jones, Rita Moreno and Joshua Bell. The Washington Chorus was also on hand, and music director Leonard Slatkin led the National Symphony Orchestra. The PBS special not only features performances of Rodgers classics but also interviews with the stars and clips from several of Richard Rodgers' films.
During his lifetime, Richard Rodgers penned over 900 songs. His partnerships with Lorenz Hart and later with Oscar Hammerstein II produced some of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. His works with Hart included On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, I Married an Angel, The Boys from Syracuse, Pal Joey and By Jupiter, and the Rodgers-Hammerstein collaboration spawned Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music. The hit revival of Oklahoma! currently plays Broadway's Gershwin Theatre, and Flower Drum Song is now in previews at the Virginia Theatre.
—By Andrew Gans