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American Masters

Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds (#1503)

Scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Richard Rodgers' birth, this program celebrates the master of the 20th-century musical -- the magic behind "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "The King and I," "Pal Joey" and "The Sound of Music." Exploring the stories behind the music, the program reveals the man who wrote music with feeling and transformed American musical theater along the way. He composed over 800 songs and wrote the scores for more than 40 musicals, yet his name is inseparable from his two famous collaborators -- Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein. Interviews and performances include Mary Rogers, John Lahr, Trevor Nunn, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Diahann Carroll and Shirley Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, The Mamas and The Papas, John Coltrane and Janis Joplin, Maureen McGovern and Billy Taylor. [116 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.

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