Richard Rodgers Biography
Died At Age: 77
Sun Sign: Cancer
Born in: New York City
Famous as: Composer, songwriter, playwright
Spouse/Ex-: Dorothy Feiner Rodgers (m. 1940–1979)
father: Dr. William Abrahams Rodgers
mother: Mamie (Levy)
children: Linda, Mary
place of death: New York City
City: New York City
U.S. State: New Yorkers
education: DeWitt Clinton High School, Columbia University, Pi Lambda Phi, Institute of Musical Art
Richard Rodger, the musician extraordinaire, who helped legitimate American musical as an art form, is a name to reckon with in the musical world. With an eventful musical career, spanning across six decades, his contributions to the musical world is indeed legendary. With more than 900 songs and 40 Broadway musicals to his credit, Richards’s masterpieces extended from the silver screens to the bright lights of the Broadway, and beyond. His musical camaraderie with lyricist Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein helped him give a new definition to musical theater. During his lifetime, Richard Rodger went on to receive a slew of awards and recognitions including Emmys, Grammys, Pulitzers, Oscars and Tonys. Richard Rodgers was one of the bigwigs of Broadway productions. Best known as the composer of “Sound of Music” and “Oklahoma”, Richard Rodgers musical pieces were adored by both kids and adults. Such was the effect of this great composer. Rodgers was considered a musician with a lot of consistence and excellence, and his innovativeness and creativity were certainly at par.
- “South Pacific” (1950) for Best Musical, Best Producers, Musical and Best Original Score
- “The King and I” (1952) for Best Musical
- “The Sound of Music” (1960) for Best Musical
- “No Strings” (1962) for Best Composer and Lyricist
- Special Award in 1962
- Special Award in 1972
- Lawrence Langner Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre 1979
|1946||Best Music, Original Song||State Fair (1945)|
|1962||Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composed for Television||Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years (1960)|
|1963||Best Original Cast Show Album||Winner|
|1961||Best Show Album (Original Cast)||Winner|
RICHARD RODGERS TIMELINE
Born in Long Island, NY.
Attended Townsend Harris Hall and DeWitt Clinton High School
First copyrighted song "Auto Show Girl"
Attended Columbia University (1919-21); began his 24-year old collaboration with lyricist Lorenz Hart
Attended institute of Musical Art (Juilliard) (1921-1923)
Debuts with "The Garrick Gaieties"
"Masters of Melody", a film documentary about Rodgers & Hart was screened
Birth of his daughter, Mary Rodgers
After the premiere of "Babes in Arms", Rodgers & Hart become the first team to write their own story, dialogue and songs for a Broadway show.
Pal Joey, a musical comedy was premiered. It featured "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered."
Rodgers began his 18-year long collaboration with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II.
"Oklahoma", a musical play wins the Special Pulitzer Prize for Drama and redefines American musicals; Lorenz Hart died at the age of 48.
The musical play "Carousel" won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; the movie "State Fair" wins an Academy Award for best song.
"South Pacific" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and an Antoinette Perry ("Tony") Award for Best Musical.
"The King & I" won Tony Awards for best musical, best performance, best score, and best book.
Wrote the score for "Victory at Sea", a 26-episode television documentary.
Rodgers & Hammerstein Week was held in New York, August 31 September 6.
The live production of "Cinderella" attracted 107 million viewers.
"The Sound of Music", a musical play was premiered. It won six Tony Awards, including best musical and score.
Oscar Hammerstein II died of stomach cancer.
Rodgers continued writing with lyricists Stephen Sondheim, Sheldon Hamick and Martin Chamin.
Rodgers suffered from a heart attack.
Rodgers underwent laryngectomy.
Kennedy Center saluted to Richard Rodgers.
Richard Rodgers died on December 30.
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