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Ann Hampton Callaway sings Richard Rodgers

NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Of the many musical salutes to Richard Rodgers this year, the centennial of his birth, few have been so deftly organized than Ann Hampton Callaway's serenade to
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Bass-baritone William Warfield dead

CHICAGO, Aug. 27 (UPI) --

Bass-baritone William Warfield dead

CHICAGO, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Film, musical theater star and opera singer William Warfield, whose rendition of "Ol' Man River" defined the song in bravura performances of the Jerome Kern and

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Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2002 with 172 to follow.
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Julie Andrews sings

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 21 (UPI) -- Julie Andrews, who lost her singing voice in a 1997 vocal-cord surgery mishap, sang in public Thursday night at a centennial birthday celebration honoring the l
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PUFFY AND J.LO AGAIN?
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'Oklahoma' revived on Broadway via London

NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) -- There's still a bright golden haze on the meadow in a British revival of "Oklahoma!" now playing on Broadway, but a London fog soon settles in on a production t
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Melissa Errico: from Broadway to cabaret

NEW YORK, April 5 (UPI) -- Melissa Errico has proved herself to be the best and brightest of the younger leading ladies in Broadway musicals but there have been few stage roles for her in
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Marcovicci Celebrates Gertie Lawrence

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Andrea Marcovicci, one of America's most remarkable cabaret artists, does not try to bring Gertrude Lawrence to life in her new club show, "One Life to Live," b
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Cabaret keeps the American Songbook alive

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- For a new generation that has difficulty identifying Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter -- or recognizing their music -- the entertainment
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

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BRUCE LEE RISING FROM THE GRAVE?
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Oscar Hammerstein
NYP2002090440 - NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Tony Award winning actress Lea Salonga rehearses a scene from the new version of the 1958 musical "Flower Drum Song" at a Sept. 4, 2002, press conference. The show's new politically correct book is by David Henry Hwang based on the original by Oscar Hammerstein ll. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Oscar Hammerstein I (8 May 1847 - 1 August 1919) was a businessman, theater impresario and composer in New York City. His passion for opera led him to open several opera houses, and he rekindled opera's popularity in America. He was the grandfather of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II.

Oscar Hammerstein I was born in Stettin, Prussia, (now, Szczecin, Poland), to a German-Jewish parents Abraham Hammerstein and his first wife, Berthe. He took up music at an early age. His mother died when he was fifteen years old, and he fled his father, who maltreated him, to seek his fortunes in the United States, arriving in New York City in 1864. He worked sweeping the floor in a cigar factory. Ten years later, he founded the U.S. Tobacco Journal. He also moonlighted as a theater manager in the downtown German theaters.

He was an innovator in the tobacco industry and held patents for 52 inventions, 44 of them related to the cigar-manufacturing process. He became wealthy industrializing cigar manufacturing, and his tobacco fortune provided the money he used to pursue his theater interests.

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