Everyone has a line of Hammerstein’s washing around in the back of his brain. His lyrics, at their best, betray no hint of their author – Oscar completely disappears in a song like “Ol’ Man River”. [Hammerstein] expanded the boundaries of the American theater song, past the narrow urban wit of the rhymesters. He is in Australia to see Opera Australia's new production of 'South Pacific' in Sydney, and to give the Keynote address at a Rogers and Hammerstein Music Theatre Symposium in Melbourne. First, you have to follow this logic: there are two kinds of opera lovers. BOOK QUOTE: “Oscar Hammerstein II furthered the transformative power of the musical play by making the believability and truthfulness of the story – the show’s libretto – the organic center around which all the other elements orbited. Oscar Hammerstein III is the grandson of Oscar Hammerstein of ‘Rodgers and Hammerstein’ fame, and a distinguished author and Adjunct Professor at New York's Columbia University. Joel’s elaborate interview with Oscar Hammerstein III serves its purpose beautifully — example: I now really look forward to reading THE HAMMERSTEINS, the book. In your recent interview with Diane Rehm on WAMU, you mentioned that your grandfather held deeply liberal views, which caused the FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover, to build an extensive file on him. It crippled the booking advantage the Victoria Vaudeville house had enjoyed for over a decade and it figuratively and literally killed Willy. Or were they the ideas of a producer? Any idea why, before David, Latin men were always cast as the Frenchman Emile de Becque? this season, and why do you think this production could be successful, when a recent Broadway revival was not? var F10834_sb_wait_img=fbz_formMetrics(10834,1); I liked that a lot. If you don't recall the song, it is worth an internet search; you will learn much about the music and the times. Have you ever been to the Academy of Music in Philly? Allegro sparked a flame of fearlessness in his only student, Stephen Sondheim, who, along with other contemporary creators, has carried the torch and pushed the boundaries of musical realism into the twenty-first century”. Put another way, had Willy lived and Arthur died, Oscar the 2nd probably would have ended up on the Supreme Court. (From this post or para-Judaic lineage was begat the Secular Humanists and the Ethical Culturists we have today.) He married his second wife, the Australian-born Dorothy (Blanchard) Jacobson (1899-1987), in 1929. The King and I is the fifth musical by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein.It is based on Margaret Landon's novel, Anna and the King of Siam (1944), which is in turn derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. I asked Oscar Andrew Hammerstein III (‘Andy’) – grandson of the beloved librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and author of “The Hammersteins: A Musical Theatre Family” – to chime in on the continued popularity of his grandfather’s shows, and memories of growing up in his famous showbiz family. Here, she had to own up – in her dream – to her casually cruel decision…. For these simple reasons, the man who consistently referred to himself as “a careful dreamer” was able to dream up shows like Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Sure, if you’d like to roll around in something that’s long, yellow, and seats 50.We’ll even give you a window seat. Here, I fundamentally disagree with Mary Rodgers: If you want another standard catalogue cabaret song, hire Rodgers & Hart. But when Rodgers thought about adapting it to a sea coast town in Maine, that excited them. I’m interested in one specific story that I’ve heard is in your book – the story of Will Rogers walking his horse up the back stairs of the Victoria Theatre each night after his performance. Stray from the powerful transformative redemptive themes of love and death at your peril. Carousel. The second hears the humanity in the voice itself, hears with the heart. Go for the lower expectation and surpass it! His piano is there. Andy Hammerstein SOUTH SALEM, NY - Andy Hammerstein III has a rich heritage, being the great great grandson of the famed Broadway composer Oscar Hammerstein. Oscar had a working farm on the roof of the Victoria Theatre – with a stable. Lesley Ann Warren plays the title role in this television production of the classic Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III musical. “When you call the ticket office and say you are Oscar Hammerstein We, the audience, crane forward. It changes all the time. Library Connection (LCI) is a consortium of 30 libraries that share a library catalog and resources. As he died in 1960 he never saw the musical made into a movie in 1965. It was hard to erase the memories of Mary [Martin] and Ezio [Pinza] from the collective theatrical unconscious. This winter, DC fell in love again with three Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, starting with the critically acclaimed and SOLD OUT production of Oklahoma! "I think show business … Where better to put your horse if you were booked for 6 summer weeks at a stretch doing lasso tricks and your horse was a part of the act? We are not witnessing the mindless energy of high-kicking chorines on display – cuing us that we are in for a night of fast-paced legs and laughs, a drink in the middle and a cab home at the end. A teacher’s job doesn’t come with a lot of fancy opportunities. The unique distinction of Oklahoma! Oscar's mother encouraged his musical studies and opera was, from a very early age, his greatest love. Oscar Hammerstein I was born in Sceczin, Pommerania, 1848, the eldest son of a large, middle-class, German-speaking, Jewish family. Between 1920 and 1959 he wrote all or part of about 45 musical dramas for stage, film, or television. at Arena Stage, The National Tour of South Pacific which dropped anchor at The Kennedy Center’s Opera House, and Cinderella which is still entertaining young theatregoers and their families at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, MD. Alumni College 2015: Timothy Gaylard's "Rodgers and Hammerstein… Many mistake Papinta’s creative 15 years of international performances with Fuller and they need to be corrected as they are not right about the performer. He has devoted much of his life to studying and preserving his family’s heritage and contribution to American culture. Rodgers had always written the songs first; his job had always been – write a catchy tune – find Larry [Hart]! That slap takes real balls! Process. He had three children: William Hammerstein (1918–2001) and Alice Hammerstein Mathias (1922-2015) by his first wife, and James Hammerstein (1931-1999) by his second wife, with whom he also had a stepson, Henry Jacobson, and a stepdaughter, Susan Blanchard. Cinderella (Warren) is a sweet and pretty young woman who has been given a poor hand by fate; her stepmother (Jo Van Fleet) treats her cruelly, and while her graceless sisters are invited to a royal ball, Cinderella is not allowed to attend. Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III, grandson of the late Oscar Hammerstein II, will host two performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Later on, I realized that he was close to death and that his smile may have been partially due to the morphine. Dare I say: The Rodgers and Hammerstein revolution was, in truth, the Hammerstein revolution. F10834_sb_requiredFields.push('F10834_sb_cids'); I have this theory about why so many post-Ottoman Empire (proto-German) Jews got into opera. Have you ever nudged up to that piano to play? The National Tour of the Broadway revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center, which swept the Tony Awards in 2008, has drawn raves here. Your information is handled in accordance with the ABC Privacy Collection Statement. now his grandson oscar hammerstein iii is revealing everything about his activism in a new show called 'oscar on oscar.' Even Allegro showed immense courage for a boy-meets-girl writer of the oper-ettic mold. Here’s the deal: when the authors signify this, they are stating that they are taking seriously what they are doing. The audience received a special thrill with the introduction of Oscar Andy Hammerstein III, grandson of the famed lyricist and established artist in his … The edgy re-imagining has been called “dark and dangerous” and “scorching” by critics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxqgbxuzTkU, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkNqvlC2JuA, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJstIEx6EnU, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgwrQMrknQQ&fbclid=IwAR0VLNdQm9GXjK3wKWwLny320SfqqXToZHLnPKxLPvX4xMWE0cwwexUqoEA, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXKUgjYh7lo. Oscar 2: I came to admire his creative courage and to understand his creative limitations. John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned while working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. Oscar Hammerstein III Talks About Theater Family. Not so much!) Birthplace - New York City, New York (USA) . But according to his grandson Oscar Andrew (Andy) Hammerstein III, his Jewish heritage influenced Oscar II’s work—for which he won eight Tony awards and two Academy awards as … The last song Hammerstein wrote was 'Edelweiss' performed in 'The Sound of Music'. OK… I’m going to go with Sweeney Todd here. Explore releases from Hammerstein-Kern at Discogs. . The moral conviction in his plays sprang organically from him – those were his convictions. } (It would be R&H that would, later, shift that power from the producers to the creators themselves.). Oscar Hammerstein I was born in Sceczin, Pommerania, 1848, the eldest son of a large, middle-class, German-speaking, Jewish family. No. (Intermarriage? It’s time for operatic Love and Death in da vernacular…. Ever track on this CD is good, worthy of a listen. He was a workaholic who preferred his emotional life to be confined to the stage. Opera replaced Judaism as the official religion of many a passionate German Jew. I do vaguely remember him lying on the couch in his study at 10 East 63rd Street. Moreover he was vocal in opposition to Atomic bomb proliferation, racism, Nazism, censorship, etc. Process. Your book ends with the death of Oscar II, but the story doesn’t end there. It has a straightforward plot; it is an unmitigated tragedy; it builds coherently and emotionally. } catch(e){} He After the show you met with members of the cast. I interviewed David Pittsinger who is playing Emile de Becque in The National Tour, and was mesmerized by his beautiful singing of the role. Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II (/ [unsupported input] ˈ h æ m ər s t aɪ n /; 12. jul 1895 – 23. august 1960) bio je američki libretist, kazališni producent i režiser koji je radio na mjuziklima gotovo četrdeset godina. He feared emotional complications in real life. Sam Morell 3,711 views. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching graduate level New York City theater history. NOTE: Filmed as The Sound of Music (1965) . CD TK Title: Overture:  The Sound of MusicComp: Rodgers words HammersteinCD: Soundtrack The Sound of MusicLabel: Columbia  Broadway  SK 60722, CD TK Title: You’ve Got to Be Carefully TaughtComp: Rodgers words HammersteinPerf: William Tabbert as Lt Joseph Cable U.S. M.CCD: Columbia Broadway SK 60722, CD TK Title: I'm Gonna Wash that Man right Outa my HairDetails as above. The audience follows suit. Shop for Vinyl, CDs and more from Hammerstein-Kern at the Discogs Marketplace. No sir. And then there’s Agnes [de Mille]. I haven’t any, really. He forgot to mention Hammerstein’s even grander Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, which is in a sad state of disrepair, and I am waiting for the Rodgers and Hammerstein Company to purchase and renovate it, as no one else will. But according to his grandson Oscar Andrew (Andy) Hammerstein III, his Jewish heritage influenced Oscar II’s work—for which he won eight Tony awards and two Academy awards as a … The first follows the plot, is moved by the complications, feels emotional release at the climax, in short, hears with his head! var F10834_sb_fieldcol='#000000'; He also is survived by a daughter, Alice (Mrs. Philip Mathias); and six grandchildren, the youngest of whom, aged 3-1/2, is named Oscar Hammerstein III. begins with its first note: It starts off almost quietly, off-stage. Name - Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein (Oscar Hammerstein II) . He co-wrote 850 songs. My father was a Cantor and I agree with you on this one! Her dances illuminated the interior mental state of Laurey and brought the psychological gravitas of love and death to a simple box lunch love triangle. LENOX — Kimball Farms Lifecare in Lenox will host a lecture by Oscar Hammerstein III, grandson of famed lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to (413) 637-7000 by Wednesday, Aug. 10. var F10834_sb_wait=setInterval(F10834_sb_wait_fn,100); Reprint Policy: Our articles may not be reprinted in full but only as excerpts and those portions may only be used if a credit and link is provided to our website. Evidently, it was just as tempting to retell, as it became an even greater success when the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III reimagined it as their 1945 musical “Carousel.” try{s('F10834_sb');}catch(e){}; Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City, New York, USA as Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein. now his grandson oscar hammerstein iii is revealing everything about his activism in a new show called 'oscar on oscar.' He also is survived by a daughter, Alice (Mrs. Philip Mathias); and six grandchildren, the youngest of whom, aged 3-1/2, is named Oscar Hammerstein III. His FBI file, which I obtained via a FOIA request, cites 19 organizations he generously supported that Hoover rather expansively described as Communist fronts or teeming with sympathizers. I think the best theatre to move the show to is The Circle in the Square which is similar to the Fichandler Theatre where the Arena Stage was staged. Oscar freed Dick to be a creative interpreter – an artist! South Pacific opens for Opera Australia tonight at the Sydney Opera House before heading to Melbourne on 13 September. This one has taken me all day! What are some of your favorite memories about your Grandfather? Oscar 1 came out of that little secular bubble that had been created in Germany-to-be in the 1850s – Jews could school with, and work with, non-Jews, provided they lost all the trappings. The King and I is the fifth musical by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein.It is based on Margaret Landon's novel, Anna and the King of Siam (1944), which is in turn derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. Download Oscar Hammerstein III (17.04 MB). Arthur backed Oscar’s first mostly awful decade, got truly screwed out of producing Show Boat, forgave Oscar, instilled in him the essence of theatrical optimism – “Don’t think about the last show, think about the next show!” Arthur produced in the day when a producer was a gambler who assembled teams and stepped back to watch the result. Boy! My father parked me next to him so he could keep an eye on me. Oklahoma! If you want transcendence, hire Rodgers & Hammerstein. An eight-time Tony award winner, Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960), was one of America’s most prolific and successful librettists, theatrical producers, and theater directors. Cinderella was originally a panto, after all. Use words the characters would use – get your self out of the way. Are there any of your Grandfather’s shows that deserve a revival, either on Broadway with, perhaps, Bart Sher directing or here in DC? Not a one. His father, William, was a theatre manager and for many years director of Hammerstein's Victoria, the most popular vaudeville theatre of its day. A touch of the Hidalgo, as Bertie might say…. (Not really – but go with me here.) fbz_SmartForm('F10834_sb',feedblitz_full_form); I have been there several times so I know what you mean. Story and Song! I think he would have been discomfited by the straitjacketing effect of popular music, i.e. Which one of Sondheim’s shows’ lyrics do you feel were most influenced by your Grandfather’s style of writing lyrics? I think he would have been appalled by jukebox musicals and I think his patience would wear thin with regards to the meta-musicals. Are there any recent musicals that you have thought the lyrics were Oscar Hammerstein II-like – or that he might have admired? “Oscar Hammerstein flew on a bright cloud of music for his entire career . Brad Hathaway reviews  “The Hammersteins: A Musical Theatre Family”, Joel Markowitz interviews South Pacific’s David Pittsinger, Joel Markowitz interviews Oklahoma!’s June Schreiner and Cody Williams, Oklahoma! Everyone has a line of Hammerstein’s washing around in the back of his brain. 22:34. Very important. Their emotional remove has been lessened. Carmen Jones. here on insight is, oscar hammerstein … Photo by Debra Gehris. Oscar Hammerstein III is the author of The Hammersteins: A Musical Family (Black Dog and Leventhal). Which one of Sondheim’s shows would your Grandfather have admired most? Do I get to drive my own company car? That was new. What did you learn about your grandfather, and great-grandfather, great-uncle and great-great-grandfather that you didn’t know before you wrote the book? Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella / The Wonderful World of Disney and Whitney Houston present ; music by Richard Rodgers ; book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II ; producer, Chris Montan ; produced by Mike Moder ; teleplay by Robert L. Freedman ; directed by Robert Iscove ; Disney Enterprises ; Citadel Entertainment ; Storyline Entertainment ; Brownhouse Productions He died on August 23, 1960 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA. Lisa McCune as Nellie Forbush with the boys of Opera Australia's South Pacific. I asked Oscar Andrew Hammerstein III (‘Andy’) – grandson of the beloved librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and author of “The Hammersteins: A Musical Theatre Family” – to chime in on the continued popularity of his grandfather’s shows, and memories of … Papinta was one of the greatest performers and the Visionary of Modern Dance. Andy: The Arena approach to the dream sequence was illuminating: Laurey was not the object of the fight but the cause of it, responsible for its genesis and its outcome. There is talk about transferring Arena Stage’s Oklahoma! Produced by Leland Hayward, Richard Halliday, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III is the grandson of the legendary composer, who with Richard Rodgers, brought us musicals that have stood the test of time and inspired generations. His father, William, managed a vaudeville theater, while his grandfather, Oscar Hammerstein … Tell us about that and about what happened. function F10834_sb_wait_fn(){ Judaism is likewise a twin-pronged religion. by Frances Peacock. Oscar Hammerstein II was born in New York City on July 12, 1895, into a family who worked in theater. What did you talk about? Before his successful collaboration with (Richard) Rodgers, that was the exception rather than the rule. Most importantly Sweeney packs an emotional, rather than intellectual wallop. We are telling a story here!” And they are. Oscar I sent Papinta to perform in Cuba and in Europe for extended performances. Otto grew up in Salt Lake City. Parents - Alice and William Hammerstein were his parents. Why did they track him so extensively? Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III, the grandson of Oscar II, is a painter and writer, lecturer and family historian. What advice would he have given for lyricists writing for theatre today? Its cleverness doesn’t eclipse its power; characters don’t ooze Sondheim-ian cleverness; no second act problems that often plague his overtly conceptual shows. Hammerstein married his first wife, Myra Finn, in 1917; the couple divorced in 1929. Those you listed were his ideas. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. Sidebar: I was tasked to write 30,000 words for this illustrated history book. It was an attempt to thrust at least some of the weight of the balcony forward and to recess those annoyingly necessary, load-bearing columns. Oscar 1:  Oscar was often described as enigmatic – a word only used by lazy biographers. Produced by Leland Hayward, Richard Halliday, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. You have said that the theatre business was so heartbreaking for his family that Oscar II promised his father he would not pursue a career in theatre. It sure beats walking him up and down the stairs every day or trying to shove him into on of the two 1898 Otis elevators…this tidbit didn’t come out of the publicity department. I would love to send you a copy. Explore releases from Hammerstein-Kern at Discogs. That’s theatre as magic – pure and simple. Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III, the grandson of Oscar II, is a painter and writer, lecturer and family historian. Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City. Papinta, The Flame Dancer died on stage in Germany. Oscar Hammerstein III - Video Interview by Sam Morell - Duration: 22:34. Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, grandson of the lyricist of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein songwriting team, highlights the musical heritage of the Hammerstein family during a special concert for RootsTech 2017 with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II was an American lyricist, librettist, theatrical producer, and (usually uncredited) director in the musical theater for almost 40 years. The audience received a special thrill with the introduction of Oscar Andy Hammerstein III, grandson of the famed lyricist and established artist … (I wrote 50,000.) Moreover, Oscar II’s lyrics were warm, humane, and touched on themes of tolerance and understanding. Lesley Ann Warren plays the title role in this television production of the classic Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III musical. F10834_sb_requiredFields.push('F10834_sb_feedid'); Every pre-1943 show (excepting Show Boat) was producer-driven. Oscar's mother encouraged his musical studies and opera was, from a very early age, his greatest love. I also believe – like Oklahoma! His dynamic artistic ability is shown through his stunning works of art, which are inspired by nighttime car rides on the Saw Mill Parkway. Photo by Debra Gehris. I do remember how everybody was flying around with a sense of anxiety, but I can’t say that I put all this together in my little head back then as to why this was so. He was married to Dorothy Hammerstein and Myra Finn. My publisher nixed it and told me to start with Oscar’s boot on American soil, alas! The authors are signifying! Oscar Andrew Hammerstein III is a painter, writer, lecturer, and family historian. Vary the emotional order of those songs. Most poignantly, like that of his grandfather, Oscar II’s one signal failure, his show Allegro, may have proved the most enduring part of his legacy. He raises questions that are untraditional, and the author responds in sufficient depth to suggest he’s written a very readable book. He could be, and often was, a compete bastard. Results 1 - 25 of 27 for Hammerstein, Oscar, II, 1895-1960, Sorted by Relevance | Oscar Hammerstein III is the grandson of Oscar Hammerstein of ‘Rodgers and Hammerstein’ fame, and a distinguished author and Adjunct Professor at … fbz$('F10834_sb_wait_img').innerHTML=F10834_sb_wait_img; here on insight is, oscar hammerstein ii 'i.' That’s what opera houses were like before this patent. Your impression? My father, a director of the first water, used to say that if you want people to pay attention – whisper! F10834_sb_validateFields.push('F10834_sb_Name'); A painter, writer, lecturer, and family historian, he has devoted much of his life to studying and preserving the Hammerstein family’s heritage and contribution to American culture. Oscar Hammerstein III … I talked with Aaron Ramey who played Jud about all the ways to play Ado Annie. You are quite right. Write the libretto first. Cinderella by Ben Demers. What was it was that was patentable about the design? Thus, Oscar’s family thought of themselves as proud Germans first, Jews second. What is your favorite Oscar Hammerstein II lyric and why? I also shared with him my view that theatre-in-the-round really brings the audience inside the show because the characters can’t play to the fourth wall when all the walls are fourth walls. Real name Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II Born July 12, 1895 Died August 23, 1960 Country United States IPI 00013308919 Comments Lyricist and theatrical producer and Carousel are as good as they are different from each other. You can learn more about Papinta on Google. Are there trunk songs or works that were never completed or never released to the public that you know about and love? This is the subject of my next book…. At his worst he was preachy. From that first note the song puts character and destiny into motion. Choose the emotional spots for songs. I made it my primary mission with this book to illuminate his character. Add to this: Oscar wrote the lyrics first. I have been back, but have formed no opinion as to my favorite rooms. He had her perform at his very large venues for weeks on end and Papinta filled the house every night.Oscar even created a cigar and named it after Papinta. My name is Nancy Johnson. rock, on the musicals of today. December 8, 2016 . He is hands down THE best composer for the musical stage. [Hammerstein] expanded the boundaries of the American theater song, past the narrow urban wit of the rhymesters. Which is your favorite Oscar Hammerstein II musical and why? rock, rap, r&b, pop, etc. Fortunately for us all, you have written the story of your family “The Hammersteins: A Musical Theatre Family”, which DCTS columnist Brad Hathaway called, “a delightfully entertaining read and a source of solid information on the careers and personalities of the two Oscars and of Willie and Arthur who also made contributions to the history of the American theatre”. 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