'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Stage adaptations of beloved movies and literary classics are trending on Broadway this season, with productions of "Rocky," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Of Mice and Men," "Aladdin" and "A Raisin in the Sun" included in the stellar lineup of shows.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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Panther's Murphy fired

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator Brian Murphy has been terminated, Coach Ron Rivera said Monday.

'Cinderella' to open on B'way this winter

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" is to premiere on Broadway this winter -- 55 years after it was penned for television, producers announced.

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'Sound of Music' heads to Salzburg for first time

'Sound of Music' heads to Salzburg for first time

SALZBURG, Austria, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The Salzburg-set musical "The Sound of Music" is to be staged in the Austrian city for the first time, its producers said Thursday.

Obama gives Queen Elizabeth an iPod

LONDON, April 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and his family gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod when they arrived Wednesday at London's Buckingham Palace.

Rodgers estate donates to bandshell effort

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The estate of U.S. songwriter Richard Rodgers has donated $1 million to renovate the bandshell in a New York City park, city officials say.

'Pal Joey' to be revived on Broadway

NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) -- New York's Roundabout Theatre Company announced it is planning the first new Broadway revival of the musical "Pal Joey" in more than 30 years.

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Garner excited about 'Cyrano' role

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner said she is thrilled to be starring on Broadway in the upcoming revival of "Cyrano de Bergerac."

Kline happy to return to Broadway stage

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Actor Kevin Kline says he is excited to be returning to the Broadway stage this fall in a revival of "Cyrano de Bergerac."
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Richard Rodgers
NYP2002042201- NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI)-- Composer Mary Rodgers (L), daughter of the late composer, chats with cast members after the April 21, 2002, performance of the 1925 Rodgers and Hart Broadway musical, "Dearest Enemy," which was presented by the Village Light Opera group in conjunction with the Richard Rodgers Centennial celebration being held in New York City. ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was an American composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television. He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. His compositions have had a significant impact on popular music down to the present day, and have an enduring broad appeal.

Rodgers is one of only two persons to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony: known as an EGOT, plus a Pulitzer Prize (Marvin Hamlisch is the other).

Born into a prosperous Jewish family in Arverne, Queens, New York City, Rodgers was the son of Mamie Levy and of Dr. William Abrahams Rodgers, a prominent physician who had changed the family name from Abrahams. Richard began playing the piano at age six. He attended P.S. 10, Townsend Harris Hall and DeWitt Clinton High School. Rodgers spent his early teenage summers in Camp Wigwam (Waterford, ME) where he composed some of his first songs. Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, and Rodgers's later collaborator Oscar Hammerstein II all attended Columbia University. During his time at Columbia he became a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. In 1921, Rodgers shifted his studies to the Institute of Musical Art (now Juilliard). Rodgers was influenced by composers like Victor Herbert and Jerome Kern, as well as by the operettas his parents took him to see on Broadway when he was a child.

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