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Richard Charles Rodgers.

Born: New York, 28 June 1902.

Died: New York, 30 December 1979.

American composer.

Richard Rodgers was one of the dominant American composers of Broadway musicals for several decades in the middle of the twentieth century. He enjoyed successful partnerships with two lyricists, the first being the acerbically witty Lorenz Hart, with whom he produced works such as On Your Toes (1936), The Boys from Syracuse (1938), and Pal Joey (1940). After Hart's death, he teamed up with another old friend, Oscar Hammerstein II. They produced several excellent pieces, including Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951) and The Sound of Music (1959). When Hammerstein died in his turn, Rodgers continued to produce successful shows with various partners, while never quite again reaching that level of quality.

Musicals produced in Scotland are shown in bold:

01   Poor Little Ritz Girl (with Romberg) (New York 1920) (Campbell & L Fields; Hart)

02   Dearest Enemy (New York 1925) (H Fields; Hart)

03   The Girl Friend (New York 1926) (H Fields; Hart)

04   Lido Lady (London 1926) (Bolton, Kalmar, Ruby & Jeans; Hart)

05   One Dam Thing After Another (New York 1926) (Jeans; Hart)

06   Peggy Ann (New York 1926) (H Fields; Hart)

07   Betsy (New York 1926) (Caesar, Freedman & McGuire; Hart)

08   A Connecticut Yankee (New York 1927) (H Fields; Hart)

09   She’s my Baby (New York 1928) (Bolton, Kalmar & Ruby; Hart)

10   Present Arms (New York 1928) (H Fields; Hart)

11   Chee-Chee (New York 1928) (H Fields; Hart)

12   Spring is Here (New York 1929) (Davis; Hart)

13   Heads Up! (New York 1929) (McGowan & Smith; Hart)

14   Evergreen (New York 1930) (Levy; Hart)

15   Simple Simon (New York 1930) (Wynn, Bolton & Hart)

16   America’s Sweetheart (New York 1931) (H Fields; Hart)

17   Jumbo (New York 1935) (Hecht & MacArthur; Hart)

18   On Your Toes (New York 1936) (cpsr, Hart & Abbott; Hart)

19   Babes in Arms (New York 1937) (cpsr & Hart; Hart)

20   I’d Rather be Right (New York 1937) (Kaufman & M Hart; Hart)

21   I Married an Angel (New York 1938) (cpsr & Hart; Hart)

22   The Boys from Syracuse (New York 1938) (Abbott; Hart)

23   Too Many Girls (New York 1939) (Marion; Hart)

24   Higher and Higher (New York 1940) (Hurlbut & Logan; Hart)

25    Pal Joey (New York 1940) (O'Hara; Hart)

26   By Jupiter (New York 1942) (cpsr & Hart; Hart)

27   Oklahoma ! (New York 1943) (Hammerstein)

28   Carousel (New York 1945) (Hammerstein)

29   Allegro (New York 1947) (Hammerstein)

30   South Pacific (New York 1949) (Hammerstein & Logan; Hammerstein)

31   The King and I (New York 1951) (Hammerstein)

32   Me and Juliet (New York 1953) (Hammerstein)

33   Pipe Dream (New York 1955) (Hammerstein)

34   Flower Drum Song (New York 1958) (J Fields & Hammerstein; Hammerstein)

35   The Sound of Music (New York 1959) (Lindsay & Crouse; Hammerstein)

36   No Strings (New York 1962) (Taylor; cpsr)

37   Do I Hear a Waltz? (New York 1965) (Laurents; Sondheim)

38   Two by Two (New York 1970) (Stone; Charnin)

39   Rex (New York 1976) (Yellen; Harnick)

40   I Remember Mama (New York 1979) (Meehan; Charnin)

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