Enjoy star-spangled songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein in a new dramatic revue that explores romantic love, its joys, and its darker side. Enjoy your favorite songs (and some you may not remember!) from landmark musicals such as Carousel, The Sound of Music, State Fair, The King and I, Flower Drum Song, and more. If I Loved You... features singers from our mainstage festival productions.
Top row (l-r) Marie Anello, Ryan Milstead, Kelsey Fredrikson, Bill Townsend
Bottom row (l-r) Emily Weaver, Alex Longnecker, Angela Joy Lamb, Thomas Cillufo
Performances at Snuggery Farm on June 25 and July 2 offer a spectacular setting in the rolling hills of Sewickley Heights, with the performance in a restored old barn.
Vintage Car Display on Sunday 2 July: Fabulous cars from times gone by!
Curated by Bob McKeown
Come by at 5:00 pm to view the cars, then join us for a holiday barbecue at 6:00, and some "vintage" Rodgers and Hammerstein in the barn at 7:30! Cars include:
- 1925 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce
- 1954 Packard Caribbean Convertible
- 1961 Corvette
Performances at the Falk Auditorium begin at 6:30 pm on Sunday 9 July and Sunday 16 July.
In keeping with its long, distinguished and successful history of world premieres and making old music new again, Pittsburgh Festival Opera this summer is producing If I Loved You… –a revue featuring the best of Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s prolific output of memorable Broadway blockbusters. [Read full review...]
—Pittsburgh in the Round
Scenes from 2016's Carmen the Gypsy at Snuggery Farm
|Costume Design||Tony Sirk|
|Lighting Design||Bob Steineck|
|Hair and Makeup Designers||Jina Pounds and Rikkilee Rose|
|Assistant Director||Nic Barilar|
|Stage Manager||Lauren Wickett|
|Angela Joy Lamb|
Meet the Composer
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Richard Rodgers 23-year partnership with lyricist Lorenz Hart began having problems because of the lyricist's declining health, Rodgers began working with Oscar Hammerstein II, with whom he had previously written songs (before ever working with Hart). Their first musical, the groundbreaking hit Oklahoma! (1943), marked the beginning of the most successful partnership in American musical theatre history. Their work revolutionized the form. What was once a collection of songs, dances, and comic turns held together by a tenuous plot became an integrated masterpiece.
The team went on to create four more hits that are among the most popular of all musicals. Each was made into a successful film: Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949, winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), The King and I (1951), and The Sound of Music (1959). Other shows include the minor hit, Flower Drum Song (1958), as well as relative failures Allegro (1947), Me and Juliet (1953) and Pipe Dream (1955). They also wrote the score to the film State Fair (1945) (which was remade in 1962 with Pat Boone), and a special TV musical of Cinderella (1957).
Their collaboration produced many well-known songs, including "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'", "People Will Say We're in Love", "Oklahoma!" (which also became the state song of Oklahoma), "If I Loved You", "You'll Never Walk Alone", "It Might as Well Be Spring", "Some Enchanted Evening", "Getting to Know You", "My Favorite Things", "The Sound of Music", "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Do-Re-Mi", and "Edelweiss", Hammerstein's last song.
Much of Rodgers's work with both Hart and Hammerstein was orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Rodgers composed twelve themes, which Bennett used in preparing the orchestra score for the 26-episode World War II television documentary Victory at Sea (1952–53). This NBC production pioneered the "compilation documentary"—programming based on pre-existing footage—and was eventually broadcast in dozens of countries. The melody of the popular song "No Other Love" was later taken from the Victory at Sea theme entitled "Beneath the Southern Cross". Rodgers won an Emmy for the music for the ABC documentary Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years, scored by Eddie Sauter, Hershy Kay, and Robert Emmett Dolan. Rodgers composed the theme music, "March of the Clowns", for the 1963–64 television series The Greatest Show on Earth, which ran for 30 episodes. He also contributed the main-title theme for the 1963–64 historical anthology television series The Great Adventure.
In 1950, Rodgers and Hammerstein received The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York." Rodgers, Hammerstein, and Joshua Logan won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for South Pacific. Rodgers and Hammerstein had won a special Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for Oklahoma!.
Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals earned a total of 35 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards, and two Emmy Awards.