The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts joins the celebration of the Richard Rodgers Centenary on June 28 when it opens its new exhibition, "Music by Richard Rodgers."
Celebrating the life and work of the famed songwriter, the multimedia exhibit draws on the library's archival collection and focuses on Rodgers' compositions for 45 professional theatre works, 11 films as well as numerous radio and TV programs and several ballet and symphonic scores. Visitors will be able to hear both commercial and non-commercial recordings of Rodgers tunes at a multitude of touch-screen audiostations.
"Music by Richard Rodgers" will be on view at the library June 28-Sept. 28 at the Vincent Astor Gallery. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City. Call (212) 870-1630 for more information.
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. A revised revival of Babes in Arms begins performances at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut July 12.
—By Andrew Gans