Richard Rodgers

Secrest, Meryle

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2001
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Synopsis: This biography of Richard Rodgers chronicles the life of the composer by covering five decades of Americal musical history. It is a portrait of a complex man. The biography covers Rogers' 25 year collaboration with Lorenz Hart, producing such songs as "The Lady is a Tramp" and "Blue Moon". After Hart died, Rogers collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein II and together they wrote "Oklahoma!", "South Pacific" and "Carosel" amnong others. Personable, sunny and seductive, but riddled with insecurities, he still composed 39 musicals and over 1000 songs.

Review: Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) wrote some of the loveliest and most touching popular music of the 20th century, from "Thou Swell" in A Connecticut Yankee through "Edelweiss" in The Sound of Music. He was half of the two most celebrated teams in American musical theater: Rodgers and Hart sparkled with the insouciant gaiety of the 1920s and '30s, while Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein forged a revolution with more serious, artistically unified productions like Oklahoma and The King and I. Meryle Secrest skillfully depicts Rodgers's glittering lifestyle and the complex personality hidden underneath the suave manner and elegant clothes. Born into an affluent but tension-riddled New York Jewish family, he was playing the piano at seven and had his first Broadway musical produced before 18. Life after that was a succession of hit shows, glamorous parties, famous friends, and lavish homes decorated by wife Dorothy, who turned a sophisticated blind eye to his affairs with pretty actresses. Theatrical colleagues recall Rodgers as amusing and charming, if not precisely warm; daughters Mary and Linda paint a darker picture of a hypercritical and sometimes cruel father enmeshed in a marriage he often found confining. Secrest hasn't anything very new to say about Rodgers's music, but she's written a perceptive biography of an intriguingly complicated man and a formidable creative artist. --Wendy Smith

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Title: Richard Rodgers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 2001
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