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Richard Rogers remembered in 'Grand Night for Signing'

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

If Richard Rogers were still alive today, he would have turned one hundred years old on June 28, 2002!

During the year 2002, the music world is honoring his birth with both national and international celebrations. Rogers and Hammerstein's first collaboration was on Oklahoma in 1943. By combining a story, lyrics, music and dance into a cohesive whole, this musical changed the face of American musical theater forever. After the success of this show, the two collaborated on 9 more stage musicals and one made for television musical. Five of them are considered to be their most popular works: Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music. All five were made into movies between 1955 and 1965. Flower Drum Song was successful as both a stage play and a movie (1958 ,1961). Lesser known works were Allegro, Me and Julliet and Pipe Dream. Cinderella was produced for television three times and made into a full length stage play in 1996 with an expanded score.

State Fair was first produced as a movie and then made into a stage play.

So what is your favorite song? Please join the B.V. Community Theatre as they celebrate Richard Rogers Birthday by presenting A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, a revue of songs from all eleven of their shows. You might forget the words (apologies to Oscar Hammerstein) but the tunes are always in your head (thanks Richard Rogers).

Performances are July 18, 19 and 20 at the Roxy Theatre in Alta. Curtain is at 7:30 P.M.

Box Office is now open and there are plenty of good seats available for all three performances. Box office hours are 6-8 until July 17. After that, available tickets will be sold at the door on the evenings of the performances. For more information, call the box office at 712-284-1314. Tickets are $8.