The first of a two-part tribute to composer Richard Rodgers will be broadcast on WNET/Thirteen on July 25.
Part of the Boston Pops Orchestra's acclaimed "Evening at Pops" series, the hour-long program will include performances from such Broadway personalities as Audra McDonald, Rebecca Luker, Mary Testa, Lillias White, Douglas Sills and Ron Raines. Keith Lockhart conducts.
The complete program for the evening, which spotlights Rodgers' collaborations with Oscar Hammerstein II, follows:
Main Title from Oklahoma! (The Boston Pops Orchestra)
"It's a Grand Night for Singing" (The Boston Pops Orchestra)
"The Sound of Music" (Rebecca Luker)
"How Can Love Survive?" (Douglas Sills)
"The Gentleman Is a Dope" (Mary Testa)
"My Favorite Things" (Lillias White)
"Mister Snow" (Audra McDonald)
"The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" (The Boston Pops Orchestra)
"It Might As Well Be Spring" (Audra McDonald and Lillias White)
"I Have Dreamed" (Douglas Sills)
"Stepsister's Lament" (Mary Testa and Audra McDonald)
"Hello, Young Lovers" (Rebecca Luker)
"Soliloquy" (Ron Raines)
"You'll Never Walk Alone" (McDonald, Sills, White, Testa, Luker and Raines)
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 returns to The Great White Way this fall. "Evening at Pops" will air in the New York area on WNET/Thirteen at 8 PM. Check local listings.
—By Andrew Gans