Kern and Hammerstein

Broadway Composers: Kern and Hammerstein

Just as Richard Rodgers was part of the Rodgers and Hart collaboration, prior before he joined Oscar Hammerstein, so was Hammerstein part of a writing partnership also. Kern and Hammerstein was a duo that consisted of Jerome Kern as the composer and Oscar Hammerstein II as the lyricist. They are best known for their book Read More

Jerome Kern

Profile of a Composer: Jerome Kern

Before Rodgers and Hammerstein changed the book of the musical theatre, Kern and Hammerstein created that book with the production of Show Boat. But, who was the Kern in the duo? Jerome David Kern was born on January 27, 1885 in New York to Henry and Fannie Kakeles Kern. From a young age, Kern is Read More

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Showboat

The musical theater in the 1920s was comparable to Vaudeville with comedic routines and side show attractions. However, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II had an idea for a revolutionary new approach. Now the daunting task of choosing their work.  They decided on Edna Ferber’s novel, Showboat.  This was a most unconventional topic and she was Read More

Oscar Hammerstein II

Profile of a Composer: Oscar Hammerstein II

Oscar Hammerstein II was the other half of the duo that brought The Sound of Music to life.  His lyrics beautifully matched the melodies of Richard Rodgers. Hammerstein was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City.  His grandfather was the theatre producer of the early 20th Century, Oscar Hammerstein I. The longing to Read More