In the music industry a lot is made of the 'difficult' second album, wherein a star struggles to duplicate their previous success owing to it being overwhelmingly successful. Allegro had the difficulty of being Rodgers and Hammerstein's third Broadway musical following Oklahoma! and Carousel, opening with the biggest advance in contemporary history, making it... Read more
The professional European première of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland, the multi-award winning team behind recent productions such as Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel and Titanic. Allegro opened on Broadway in 1947 and marked Rodgers and Hammerstein's third collaboration following the internationally successful Oklahoma! and Carousel.
Presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.
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In 1905 in a small Midwestern town, the wife of a local doctor gives birth to a baby boy, Joseph Taylor Jr. Allegro chronicles nearly four decades in the life of this average Joe – through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his own medical career; from the tranquility of his hometown to the hectic din of big city life and a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about, ultimately learning the most important lessons of all – the value of family, that money isn’t everything and that home really is where the heart is.
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Some thirty years after Allegro opened on Broadway, to the biggest advance in contemporary history, Richard Rodgers wrote in his autobiography that “of all the musicals I ever worked on that didn't quite succeed, Allegro is the one I think most worthy of a second chance”. Despite coming hot off the back of Oklahoma! and Carousel the show received a set of polarised reviews, suggesting the show was anything but a companion to their previous game changers.
Today, 12 July 2016, would have been Oscar Hammerstein II's 121st Birthday. Born in New York City in 1895 to a theatrical manager, it is perhaps not surprising that he went on to be one of the most influential and important creators of musical theatre to work in the twentieth century and one whose legacy is very much alive in 2016.
Full casting has been announced for the upcoming professional European premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1947 musical Allegro, which runs at the Southwark Playhouse from 5 August to 10 September, with an official opening on 11 August 2016.
Produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland, the award-winning team behind recent productions of Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel, and Titanic, the production will feature a new adaptation of the book by Southerland, along with brand new orchestrations by Mark Cumberland.