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Our Favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein Songs

July 26, 2017 by Anne Berkowitz
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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were a dynamo musical theater writing duo that dominated 20th century musical theater. From their first collaboration on Oklahoma! to their last on The Sound of Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote some of the most memorable songs in some of the greatest musicals in history. Though it was difficult task to choose favorites from their extraordinary body of work, we’ve narrowed it down to our 7 favorite tunes. Check out our list and be sure to see the production of Rodgers & Hammerstein masterpiece Oklahoma!, now playing until September 23rd at the Goodspeed.

1. Something Good – The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is full of glorious tunes, from the rousing “Do-Re-Mi” to the moving “Edelweiss.” We chose the romantic “Something Good” as our favorite for it’s simple, powerful lyrics and gorgeous melody. Though the song was not in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music, it has been included in subsequent stage productions after the song became a hit in the popular movie version of the musical.

2. Getting to Know You – The King & I

In this sweet song from The King & I, Anna introduces herself to the children and wives of the King of Siam. “Getting to Know You” is a classic tune that many artists have recored through the years. The song has also been used on the soundtracks of movies and television shows.

3. If I Loved You – Carousel

This gorgeous and romantic show tune perfectly illustrates the sweet, hesitant feelings of a first love. “If I Loved You” from the 1945 musical Carousel has been rerecorded an staggering number of times by popular artists throughout the years.

4. Impossible – Cinderella

Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote the music and lyrics to the musical adaptation of the fairytale Cinderella. The musical was originally written for a television broadcast starring Julie Andrews, and revived twice more for television in the years to follow. The show has also been performed on the stage, including a recent Broadway adaptation in 2013. In the rousing tune “Impossible,” Cinderella realizes she too can become the belle of the ball.

5. I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy – South Pacific

South Pacific is a powerful musical with a number of wonderful songs that are a definite part of the musical theater cannon.  We chose “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” as our favorite for it’s hilarious, bubbly lyrics such as, “I’m as bright and as gay as a daisy in may, a cliche coming true,” that capture the giddy feelings of falling in love.

6. A Hundred Million Miracles – Flower Drum Song

Flower Drum Song is not one of the most well-known Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, but it features an incredible score that should not be overlooked. One of our favorites from the musical adaptation of the popular novel is Mei Li’s beautiful number, “A Hundred Million Miracles.”

7. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning – Oklahoma!

Perhaps one of the greatest opening numbers in musical theater history, “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” serves as both the perfect introduction to the character of Curly as well as a lovely tribute to American optimism. You won’t want to miss the crooning, dancing cowboys in Goodspeed’s production of Oklahoma!which you can save on seats and press your luck at lottery tickets to through TodayTix.

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