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From the American Songbook: The Songs of Oscar Hammerstein

From the American Songbook: My Favorite Things, the Songs of Oscar Hammerstein with Vocalist Will McMillan and Pianist Joe Reid   Thursday, September 29th at 2PM

Lyricist, librettist, playwright, director, and producer Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II is perhaps best known for his extraordinary work with composer Richard Rodgers on musicals and films such as The Sound Of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, State Fair, and The King and I. Earlier in his career, however, he collaborated with many different composers including Rudolf Friml, Vincent Youmans, Sigmund Romberg, and Jerome Kern — with whom he created the ground-breaking musical Show Boat.  During the course of Hammerstein’s 40-year career he earned two Oscars, two Grammys, two Pulitzer prizes,and eight Tony awards. Oscar wrote songs which illuminate a wide range of human behavior —from joy and hope to prejudice and grief.

Will McMillan and Joe Reid are honored to perform such classics as “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning,” “Happy Talk,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man,” “Getting To Know You,” “Carefully Taught,” “Indian Love Call,” “Surrey with the Fringe On Top,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Stouthearted Men,” “Cockeyed Optimist,” “Climb Every Mountain,”“Hello, Young Lovers,” “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” “Who?” and “Edelweiss.”

Over the past decade vocalist and songwriter Will McMillan ,and jazz pianist Joe Reid have entertained audiences throughout New England with one-hour productions of some of America’s most popular and prolific songwriters.