World Premiere

Oscar Hammerstein II—Out of My Dreams

Jan 31, 2012
6:30 PM
New York

This compelling and extremely informative documentary profiles the man who changed American musical theater forever, Oscar Hammerstein II, legendary lyricist for over 1,000 songs and librettist for forty-five works. Writer/director/producer JoAnn Young has selected the most exemplary clips from Hammerstein’s iconic musicals, including two film versions of Show Boat; the rarely seen film Lady Be Good; and archival footage of the two original stars of Carousel, Jan Clayton and John Raitt. Young also has conducted new interviews with Stephen Sondheim, who considers Hammerstein as a musical and surrogate father; director/producer Harold Prince; two stars of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Shirley Jones and Mitzi Gaynor, Hammerstein family members and others. This PBS film also considers Hammerstein’s work as a humanitarian and political activist.

After the screening Ted Chapin will examine the legacy of the master lyricist with his master protégé, Stephen Sondheim.

Members-Only champagne reception following the event.

Stephen Sondheim, Composer and Lyricist
Ted Chapin, President, Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company
JoAnn Young, Filmmaker

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