Richard T. Hanson,
Professor Emeritus of the
School of Theater, Film & Television
Thursday, November 7, 2019,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
After Rodgers and Hart, there were Rodgers and Hammerstein. Throughout their 27- year partnership, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were the most influential, innovative and successful musical theater writing team in the business. Their musicals are classics of the Golden Age of Broadway: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music are treasured masterpieces produced all over the world.
They wrote hundreds of songs, many of which are now standards of the Great American Song Book. Celebrate the genius of these two remarkable tunesmiths who composed such gems as “If I Loved You,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “Getting to Know You,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” “Some Enchanted Evening” and “My Favorite Things,” among so many others.
Richard Hanson’s talk, “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’,” brings the Rodgers and Hammerstein song book to life with clips of unforgettable performances by Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, Julie Andrews, Yul Brynner, John Raitt, Celeste Holm, Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. His effervescent presentation lifts a glass of bubbly to these Broadway originals who revolutionized the American Musical.
Is there anyone who can resist singing along with this?
Oh, what a beautiful mornin’
Oh, what a beautiful day
I’ve got a beautiful feelin’
Everything’s goin’ my way.
At the University of Arizona, Professor Hanson created a nationally known Musical Theater Program and headed the Acting/Musical Theater Division. He has the honor of having a UA Foundation Musical Theater Endowment created in his name and was awarded the James P. Anthony Award for sustained excellence in teaching. He has directed and choreographed numerous musicals, plays, and revues. Professor Hanson currently presents lectures celebrating the American Musical Theater and the Great American Songbook for the Learning Curve, Tucson’s independent school of arts and humanities.
Written by Neil Kochenour, Academy Village Volunteer