Of Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hammerstein, Time magazine once said that their partnership “has not yet been equalled. It probably never will be.” Going by the number of productions that their songs made so memorable, the duo is indeed one of musical theatre’s greatest gifts.
In tribute to the legends, Patrick Street Productions is bringing a brand new revue to Vancouver. Rodgers & Hammerstein: Out of a Dream runs from Feb. 5 - 16, 2014 at the York Theatre on Commercial Drive. And it’ll be packed with Broadway hits.
Featuring songs from every production written by R & H, the revue will include selections from Oklahoma! to The Sound of Music, along with Carousel, South Pacific, The King & I and Cinderella. You’ll hear (and see performed) “I Loved You,” “Wonderful Guy,” “We Kiss in the Shadow” and “Some Enchanted Evening,” among others.
The show is presented by Patrick Street Productions, a theatre company co-founded by Out of a Dream director Peter Jorgensen. A Vancouver actor, director and choreographer, Jorgensen is also a teacher (at Capilano University) of Musical Theatre History. His additional directing credits include last year’s Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Avenue Q as well as past productions of Oklahoma!, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors, The Emperor of Atlantis (City Opera Vancouver), and more.
Out of a Dream takes the form of a revue, so there won’t be any pesky narrative getting in the way of the great tunes. Thematically, the production “floats between songs and scenes in a whimsical tribute to these musical treasures,” according to the press release.
Fun facts about Rodgers & Hammerstein:
• Oklahoma!, their first production together, was groundbreaking. It featured innovative storytelling techniques such as integrating every song into the plotline.
• Carousel, their second collaboration, was one of the first musicals with a plot about a tragic antihero.
• Their only Oscar was for “It Might As Well Be Spring” from the movie State Fair (1945).
• South Pacific was based on two short stories by James Michener and won Rodgers and Hammerstein a Pulitzer Prize for drama.
• They departed from the lighter fare that was common in early 20th centurey musicals by addressing racism, sexism and classism in their work.
Out of a Dream
Feb. 5-16 (Tues. – Sat. 8 p.m. with weekend matinees at 2 p.m.)
York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive)
Tickets: from $19 (at tickets.thecultch.com or by phone at 604.251.1363)