2002 is the year of Richard Rodgers (the composer of Oklahoma! South Pacific and The Sound of Music would have turned 100 in the coming year). On Nov. 12, in honor of his birth, Maureen McGovern will sing Rodgers' greatest hits for the benefit of Los Angeles' Reprise! classic musicals reading series. The concert takes place Nov. 12 at the Freud Playhouse.
McGovern is more associated with Gershwin than Rodgers, having played Mary in Reprise!'s Of Thee I Sing and recorded several albums of his tunes. Her Broadway appearances include Mabel in Joseph Papp's The Pirates of Penzance, Nine, 3 Penny Opera and the recent national tour of, yes, Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I.
Rodgers, with his partner Oscar Hammerstein, created some of the best loved musical tunes of all-time including "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," "Some Enchanted Evening," "If I Loved You," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Younger Than Springtime," "Getting to Know You," "Shall We Dance?," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and "I Enjoy Being a Girl" (currently heard at the Mark Taper Forum in the first major revival, albeit revised by David Henry Hwang, of Flower Drum Song). He also partnered with Lorenz Hart on Pal Joey, The Boys from Syracuse and Babes in Arms and with Stephen Sondheim on Do I Hear a Waltz?.
Tickets are $60 with a dessert reception to follow. The Freud Playhouse is located in UCLA's Macgowan Hall. Call (310) 825-2101 or Ticketmaster Fine Arts Line for information.
— By Christine Ehren