1.7 Allegro!

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Today, we wrap up our first season deep dive into Rodgers & Hammerstein with one of their lesser-known (and less successful...) work - the 1947 musical Allegro, a show that was ahead of its time but that hasn't been produced much since its original run.

We talk about:

- Rodgers and Hammerstein as commercial Broadway producers and as a creative team

- The rise of the “concept musical” and Allegro’s role in that tradition (and its influence on subsequent composers... like a kid named Stephen Sondheim, whose first Broadway job was as an assistant on Allegro!).

- Learning to love people by investing in their thriving and the power of vulnerability.

- Moments of epiphany in which everything seems to fall into place, why we might look for those moments on stage because we rarely in day-to-day life – and what it means to find your “true self”.

You’ll hear:

- Gloria Willis singing “We Have Nothing to Remember So Far” from the 1947 Original Broadway Cast Recording.

- Lisa Kirk singing “The Gentlemen is a Dope” from the 1947 Original Broadway Cast Recording.

You may want to check out:

- Episode 19 of Porchlight Music Theatre's podcast Classic Musicals From the Golden Age of Radio with Michael Weber. It contains the full 1951 radio broadcast of Allegro - and a great introduction by Anika Chapin of Goodspeed Opera Company in CT!

Continue the conversation with Peter (@pgeinvan) and Nathan (@nathan_lerud) on Twitter and join the conversation at the Gospel of Musical Theatre.

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