After distinguished careers with
other collaborators, composer Richard
Rodgers (1902-79) and lyricist/librettist
Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) joined
forces in 1942 to create the most successful
partnership in the American musical theater.
Their output included Oklahoma! (1943),
Carousel (1945), the movie State Fair (1945;
remade 1962; Broadway premiere, 1996),
Allegro (1947), South Pacific (1949), The
King and I (1951), Me and Juliet (1953),
Pipe Dream (1955), the TV musical
"Cinderella" (1957; remade 1965, 1997);
Flower Drum Song (1958) and The Sound of
Music (1959). To date, the Rodgers &
Hammerstein musicals have received several
dozen major awards, including Pulitzers,
Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys.
To learn more about Oscar Hammerstein II, visit The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.