Playbill.com Remembers Richard Rodgers (Video)

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30 Dec 2010

Thirty-one  years ago today, Richard Rodgers, the prolific composer whose works with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II became synonymous with Broadway, died at the age of 77 in Manhattan.




The staff at Playbill.com decided to share a few of our favorite things from Rodgers' vast catalogue and celebrate the composer who gave us the scores to The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, The King and I and Carousel, as well as trunk loads of American standards.

Playbill.com photo editor Matt Blank selects "This Can't Be Love" from The Boys from Syracuse. Here's Dorothy Collins (Follies) belting out the tune on "Your Hit Parade."



Playbill.com senior editor Andrew Gans picks Nancy LaMott's rendition of "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," which was penned for Too Many Girls.



Playbill.com staff writer Adam Hetrick couldn't make up his mind, so he's sharing a few: "The Carousel Waltz" (not to mention the musical underscoring when Carrie and Billy finally kiss after "If I Loved You"), "Something Wonderful" from The King and I and "You're Nearer" from Babes in Arms.

"The Carousel Waltz"



Judy Garland sings "You're Nearer" live at Carnegie Hall



Carly Simon's "Something Wonderful" from her Rodgers-rich album "My Romance"



Playbill.com managing editor Ken Jones shares a few as well. "Glad to Be Unhappy" from On Your Toes, "Twin Soliloquies" from South Pacific and "Hello Young Lovers" from The King and I.

Frank Sinatra croons "Glad to Be Unhappy" from his album, "In the Wee Small Hours"



Deborah Kerr recalls love lost with "Hello Young Lovers" in the film of The King and I



Rossano Brazzi and Mitzie Gaynor share "Twin Soliloquies" in the film of South Pacific (forward to 6:16 for the scene)



Playbill editor Blake Ross picks "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific. Here's Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell performing the song at Carnegie Hall alongside Reba McEntire