From Nov. 7-9, "NSO Pops: A Tribute to Richard Rodgers" will be held in the famed Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Hamlisch will conduct the orchestra that will offer tunes from such musicals as Oklahoma!, Carousel and The Sound of Music. Show time is 7 PM on Nov. 7 and 8 PM on Nov. 8 and 9. (Prior to the Nov. 8 performance, those interested can take part in "Conversations with Conductors: Marvin Hamlisch" at 6 PM.)
Marvin Hamlisch won the 1976 Tony Award for Best Score of a Musical for his work on A Chorus Line (lyrics by Edward Kleban). This past season, he received a Tony nomination for his score for the short-lived musical Sweet Smell of Success. He has also contributed songs (lyrics by Craig Carnelia) to the upcoming Broadway play-with-music Imaginary Friends. Hamlisch's other Broadway credits include They're Playing Our Song, Smile and The Goodbye Girl. His numerous pop hits include "The Way We Were" and "Nobody Does It Better."
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 recently opened at the Virginia Theatre.
Tickets for the evening, priced between $20 and $72, are available by calling (800) 444-1324. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2700 F. Street, NW in Washington, D.C. Go to www.kennedy center.org for more information. —By Andrew Gans