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RICHARD RODGERS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/25/1949 - HFSID 76522

RICHARD RODGERS The songwriter and Broadway producers, and one-half of Rodgers & Hammerstein, sends a typed letter answering questions Typed Letter signed: "Dick", 2p, 7¼x10½. On letterhead of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd. New York, New York, 1949 April 25.

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RICHARD RODGERS The songwriter and Broadway producers, and one-half of Rodgers & Hammerstein, sends a typed letter answering questions Typed Letter signed: "Dick", 2p, 7¼x10½. On letterhead of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd. New York, New York, 1949 April 25. To Mr. Jo Heidt, The Theatre Guild, Inc., New York, N.Y. Answering a series of questions about the development of the musical Oklahoma. Signed on page 2. In full: "Please add the following answers to the enclosed questionnaire: 7. [What encouragement or discouragement did you get as you proceeded?] Only discouragement was financial, due to difficulty Guild had in obtaining money. 8. [Where did you work?] At Hammerstein's Doylestown farm, Rodgers' Fairfield place, and studio at Steinway Hall, New York. 9. [Did any particulary incident happen in rehearsals or opening night that is interesting?] Cannot think of any. 10. Most lyrics written before music. 12. [Are there any incidents during the actual creation period that would be interesting?] No. 13. [How did Hammerstein arrive at the various themes of his lyrics?] From the script situations. 14. [How did Rodgers arrive at the various themes of his music?] Usually from the lyrics. At other times from the script. 15. [Was the success of this show a desperate thing to either of the men for financial or career reasons?] No. 17. [How do these characters function in the story?] Do not understand questions. 18. [What do each of the men remember about the opening as far as their reactions and fears were concerned?] A fairly good reception from the audience but nothing that would indicate the extent of the eventual success of the play. 21 [Did Rodgers play any part in the developing of story as far as plot is concerned?]. It would be impossible for a composer not to play a part in the story development. Hope this is what you want. Kindest regards. Yours sincerely." Accompanied by an unsigned, 3-page carbon copy of the final set of 22 questions and answers, including a more thorough answer to question 17.  RODGERS (1902-1979) collaborated with lyricists Lorenz Hart and later Oscar Hammerstein II to produce dozens of America's most beloved popular songs and many of its most successful musicals. Collaborations with Hart produced such standards as "With a Song in My Heart", "The Lady Is a Tramp", "My Funny Valentine" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered". After Hart's death (1943), Rodgers teamed up with Hammerstein to produce one Broadway hit after another, including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and The King and I. Breaking all box office when it opened in 1943, Oklahoma, the first collaboration of this song-writing team, set a new standard for stage musicals. Lightly creased. Paperclip impression in upper left of each page, with resulting rust stain on page 1 only. Otherwise, fine condition.

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