The Washington Savoyards, the professional light opera company, begin their 40th Season performing the music of the celebrated team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II to fine reviews at the Atlas Theater. Performances continue thru May 6, 2012.
The careers of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II parallel the coming of age of the American Musical Theater. From their first collaboration, Oklahoma! in 1943, to Carousel, South Pacific, Flower Drum Song, Cinderella and Sound of Music, the pair continued to break new ground with innovative plots and exotic settings. The heart of every show were of course the songs, many of which became American standards, including the title song which was written for their movie musical “State Fair”. This musical review includes many of their well know tunes, mixed in with some relatively obscure gems from lesser know works like Me and Juliet, Allegro and Pipe Dream. The cast of three women and two men includes Scott Russell, Emily Levey, Nick Lehan, Dorea Schmidt and Maria Egler.