Herald: An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Madison Theatre

By Karen Bloom

Oklahoma! star Joan Roberts, right), mentored many young aspiring performers, including Merrick’s Sarah Losner, who will sing in Roberts honor at the Madison Theatre next Saturday.The best of musical theater will be showcased at the Madison Theatre on Saturday May 25, 2013 at 8 p. m. when old and new Broadway stars combine their talents in the dynamic musical revue, "An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein: A Tribute to Joan Roberts."

Indeed, it will be some enchanted evening when a collection of 13 performers, including student vocalists, gather together to highlight Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's vast songbook, on Saturday, May 25. This special concert - the first production from South Shore Theatricals, in conjunction with the Madison Theatre - honors Joan Roberts, Rodgers and Hammerstein's original Laurey in "Oklahoma!."

The brilliant composer and lyricist are acknowledged to have changed the face of musical theater, notably from their collaboration with"Oklahoma!" and on subsequent shows.
And with Joan Roberts (a Rockville Centre resident for many years) who defined the role of the plucky heroine Laurey, "Oklahoma!" - which opened in 1943 and ran for 2,212 performances - set the standard for the modern American musical. Read more.

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