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Across a Crowded Room

This year’s celebration of Richard Rodgers’s centennial has done more than commemorate the genius behind a body of work that includes more than 900 songs, among them several dozen of the best-loved tunes in the American popular repertoire; it’s also helped illustrate the composer’s enormous versatility, which paradoxically has obscured him among his artistic peers. […]

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A Rodgers & Hammerstein Songbook

Fifty years after they made their debut as a team with the landmark Oklahoma!, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein remain the preeminent musical dramatists in American theater. Others before and after them may have been wittier, jazzier, more polished, more romantic, or more sophisticated. But none have equaled the duo’s ability to dramatize an individual’s […]