Musical creatives Rodgers (left) and Hammerstein (right), here observingauditions at the St. James Theatre in 1948, created some of the most popular musicals of the 20th century. (Library of Congress)

Audiobook Review| How Rodgers and Hammerstein Revolutionized the Musical

By Ryan Paul Winn
6/7/2019 • American History Magazine

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution

Written by Todd S. Purdum

Read by the author, with the recording produced by Blackstone Audio.

Reviewed by Ryan Paul Winn

Composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II revolutionized the musical, collecting accolades for enduring vehicles that caused generations to sing. Todd S. Purdum recounts the duo’s acumen, dissecting their trailblazing efforts to commodify the production and publication racket.

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Ryan Paul Winn is a columnist and media critic who’s rarely without an audiobook or his earbuds. When not writing or teaching in the Liberal Studies department at College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin, he can be found researching overlooked history in local and national archives.

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