Richard Rodgers Rounds A Century

Robert Gerard, from Houston, Texas, reacts as he watches a memorial service for Michael Jackson through a restaurant window near the Staples Center, Tuesday, July 7, 2009, in Los Angeles.
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There is a nationwide centennial celebration for the creator of classics like "South Pacific," "The King and I," and "The Sound of Music." Broadway composer Richard Rodgers turns 100 this year.

San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SFPALM) and The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization in New York have organized exhibits, touring shows, and concerts saluting the master of musicals.

The Museum of the City of New York also holds various programs that look further into the subject and making of the exhbit, Richard Rodgers Broadway.
It boasts a rich assortmant of souvenirs from the lifetime and work of Mr. Richard Rodgers.

Rodgers worked with both Oscar Hammerstein and Lorenz Hart on numerous musicals. Their collaborations constituted the golden years of Broadway.

SFPALM pays tribute with a major retrospective exhibition called With a Song in His Heart: A Celebration of Richard Rodgers open through Sept. 10, 2002. The exhibit traces Rodgers' life and career through photos, programs, sheet music, and materials from the more than 1,000 artifacts donated by Richard Rodgers to the library.

Rodgers died in 1979, but wrote songs like "Some Enchanted Evening," "My Favorite Things," "My Funny Valentine," that will live long past his time.

"South Pacific," starring Robert Goulet as Emile de Becque, is presently on a national tour.

Dates of "South Pacific" Tour:

  • Portland, OR June 11-16, 2002 Kellar
  • Seattle, WA June 18-23, 2002 Paramount
  • San Diego, CA June 25-30, 2002 Civic
  • TBD July 2-7, 2002
  • Los Angeles, CA July 9-21, 2002 Wilshire
  • San Francisco, CA July 23-August 18, 2002 Golden Gate Theatre
  • Green Bay, WI September 10-18, 2002 Weidner
  • Omaha, NE September 20-22, 2002 Orpheum
  • Richmond, VA October 8-13, 2002 Carpenter
  • Greenville, SC October 15-20, 2002 Peace Center
  • Montreal, Quebec October 22-27, 2002 Place des Artes
  • Louisville, KY Oct. 29-Nov. 3, 2002 Kentucky Ctr. For Arts
  • Cleveland, OH November 5-10, 2002 Playhouse Square