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Something Wonderful: Celebrating the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein

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Something Wonderful: Celebrating the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein

Dec 4, 2018

American Song - Something Wonderful: Celebrating the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein
Featuring John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey (and Ted Chapin & Todd S. Purdum)
NJPAC (Victoria Theater)
1 Center Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102, 1-888-GO-NJPAC
Tuesday, December 5, 7:30PM

This promises to be an upbeat and unforgettable - fun-filled and fact-packed - celebration of the most important team in all of musical theater - Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Ted Chapin, the man behind the R&H organization for lo these many years (and also currently in charge of Lyrics & Lyricists at 92Y) and Todd Purdum, author of the highly acclaimed recent book, Something Wonderful: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution, will swap stories and anecdotes and illuminate just what made Rodgers & Hammerstein’s work a true “Broadway revolution.” Meanwhile, the Pizzarellis, John and Jessica, will offer the songs themselves - undoubtedly drawing on his marvelous 2008 album, With a Song in My Heart: The Music of Richard Rodgers. Here’s hoping Mr. Pizzarelli treats us to his beautiful, intimate and highly moving version of “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” from South Pacific.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)