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Rodgers and Hammerstein: Part 2

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The second part of our Hall of Fame spotlight on Rodgers and Hammerstein details the phenomenal success Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had as partners after joining forces in 1943. Throughout their long career in theater, the pair helped to start the careers of many now famous singers, dancers and musicians.

Narrator Wink Martindale interviewed the duo, who shared many details of their professional life. Hammerstein reveals his approach to writing and discusses his work on South Pacific, which broke new ground in musical theater. Rodgers explains how he uses the characters to understand what the mood of the music should sound like.

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