Serendipity Talk: Rodgers Without Hammerstein

Songwriter Richard Rodgers spent nearly equal time working with two of the theatre’s great lyricists, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein. Rodger’s work with Hart was very different than with Hammerstein, but also moved theatre toward more realistic shows. Together Rodgers and Hart produced more than 500 songs, including great standards such as My Funny Valentine, Bewitched, and the ballet Slaughter on 10th Avenue. The talk will describe the partnership of Rodgers and Hart, while illustrating the wit, sadness, and sophistication of Hart’s lyrics with many great performance clips.

Dan Sherman has taught several courses on musical theater and film musicals at OLLI, along with many other venues in the area. He holds his PhD in economics from Cornell and retired as Managing Director at the American Institutes for Research.


No registration is required. The Zoom link will be e-mailed to all those subscribed to the OLLI newsletter the morning of the talk. If you do not receive the newsletter and would like to attend, please e-mail that morning.

Register for this Event