pays tribute to the artistry of Richard Rodgers, working without his legendary collaborators Oscar Hammerstein II and Lorenz Hart. Rodgers Without the H Factor gives music lovers the chance to hear some of the less-well-known outpourings of this great American composer and - with a few surprise interpretations - the opportunity to revel in some of the most soaring melodies ever written for the musical stage.

Richard Rodgers bounced back from the death of his long-time partner Oscar Hammerstein II by working solo - tackling both the music and lyrics - for the controversial and Tony Award-winning No Strings in 1962. He later teamed with Hammerstein's protégée, Stephen Sondheim, on Do I Hear a Waltz?

Other partnerings produced less-successful box office results: Two by Two (starring Danny Kaye); I Remember Mama (starring Liv Ullman); and Rex among them, but always maintained the ineffable Rodgers touch.


Rodgers Without the H Factor originally played in the summer of 2002 as part of a 3-cabaret celebration of the 100th birthday of Richard Rodgers. Headlining this musical revue in its original production were singers Joyce Moody and William Watkins, with Stephanie Foster, Meredith Maidman, and Heather Stuart lending support. All arrangements, musical and stage direction were handled by Earl Wentz.

Current production plans call for a return engagement of this and the other shows in the Rodgers celebration trilogy in 2005. For information on our other Richard Rodgers tributes, please click on the "Richard Rodgers Trilogy" link in the frame to the left.


Production History

 
Performances at
Don't Tell Mama
343 W. 46th Street
New York, NY
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2002 9:15 pm*  
Friday, June 28, 2002 11:00 pm**  
Saturday, June 29, 2002 4:00 pm  
Sunday, June 30, 2002 8:00 pm  
Saturday, July 6, 2002 6:30 pm  
Sunday, July 7, 2002 6:30 pm  
   

 Technical Director: David Maiocco

* Premiere

 

                              

** Rodgers 100th birthday celebration! Cake and goodies with audience "Happy Birthday" sing-along.