The Hammersteins : a musical theater family

by Hammerstein, Oscar Andrew.

Format: Print Book 2010
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML403.H36 2010
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  ML403.H36 2010
The remarkable, unprecedented biography of the Hammersteins, Broadway's greatest and most influential family, as told by Oscar Andrew Hammerstein

The Hammersteins is the story of one of Broadway's most creative and productive families. It is a story that begins in 1864 when Oscar Hammerstein I emigrates to America, establishes himself as a successful cigar merchant and turns his attention to the business of music and theaters. He builds many theaters including New York's most majestic opera house. He turns Times Square (then Longacre Square) into the theater capital of the world. His sons, Willie and Arthur carry on the tradition and nurture such talents as Will Rogers, W.C. Fields, Al Jolson, Houdini, and Charlie Chaplin. Willie's son Oscar II becomes the most successful lyricist of all time, writing the story and words to the Broadway shows Showboat , Oklahoma , South Pacific , Carousel , The King and I , and The Sound of Music . The accomplishments of this family are monumental. Their tale is enchanting.

Written by Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein (Oscar II's grandson), The Hammersteins presents a multi-layered portrait of the Hammerstein legacy, complete with personal and professional highlights, as well as the scandals and tragedies. The book also draws heavily upon the family archives, presenting a rich collection of photographs, theatre blueprints, letters, programs, patents, and more, much of which has never been seen before. The Hammersteins is at once a deeply personal story of an American family living the American dream and a celebration of musical theater in this country.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Oscar Hammerstien II's grandson (the grandson of the original Mr. Hammerstein) pays tribute to his lineage with an insightful and affectionate coffee table scrapbook. The youngest Oscar, a family historian and university lecturer, recounts a legacy worthy of a great American clan - one filled with as many if-at-first-you-don't-succeed failures as eventual hard won triumphs. Oscar I rose from destitute German immigrant to cigar impresario, using his wealth to build grand, often grandiose, theaters and hire opera singers to rival the Met. He lost his fortune many times and made numerous enemies, but never lost sight of his dream of bringing opera to the people, transforming himself along the way into Times Square's first theatrical entrepreneur. Likewise, before Oscar II became the most influential librettist-lyricist in musical theater (South Pacific; Oklahoma!), he had a string of embarrassments. Although a family tree could have helped readers keep track of all the players, reading Hammerstein's book, stuffed with photos of relations and colleagues (and theaters, programs, and sheet music) is like peeking into a family album while grandpa shares stories of eccentricities and affairs, deathbed promises, and larger-than-life theatrics. Like Oscar II's musicals, it's intelligent, fun, and nimbly written. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Hammerstein, Oscar, -- II, -- 1895-1960.
Hammerstein, Oscar, -- 1846-1919.
Hammerstein, Arthur, -- 1872-1955.
Librettists -- United States -- Biography.
Impresarios -- United States -- Biography.
Musical theater -- United States.
Publisher New York :Black Dog & Leventhal,2010
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 236 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781579128463
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