Full List of Musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were a successful musical theatre writing duo in the 1940s and 50s. And their Broadway shows brought in a whopping thirty four Tony Awards! Below you’ll find a full list of the classic and ground-breaking musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, sorted chronologically.

* Scroll down for a list of musicals written by Richard Rodgers with other writers.

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Musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Oklahoma! (1943)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Oklahoma! was the first musical collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein. This timeless classic features love stories between farmers, farm girls, and cowboys in Oklahoma.

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Carousel (1945)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Carousel is the story of Billy Bigelow, who gets caught up in a pregnancy, robbery, and unexpected twists of fate. This was the second collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein. And it was their personal favorite as well.

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Allegro (1947)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Allegro is a musical comedy that follows the story of an ordinary Joseph Taylor Jr. as he navigates the ups and downs of life. This was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s third musical collaboration.

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South Pacific (1949)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Joshua Logan

South Pacific is based on James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific and follows two love stories that take place during World War II. The musical was a huge hit and faced immediate and substantial success.

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The King and I (1951)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

The King and I tells the story of a British schoolteacher who the King hires as an effort to change his image. This was the fifth collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and it was an enormous success.

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Me and Juliet (1953)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Me and Juliet is a musical comedy about a theatre’s backstage crew and the romance that comes along with it. With its “show within a show” format, it’s a delight for anyone who loves the theatre.

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Pipe Dream (1955)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Based on John Steinbeck’s novel Sweet Thursday, Pipe Dream follows the story of a marine biologist and homeless girl. This was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s seventh collaboration, but unfortunately not a financial success for the duo.

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Flower Drum Song (1958)

Music: Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Hammerstein  Book: Joseph Fields, David Henry Hwang

Flower Drum Song is based on the novel of the same name. Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1950s, this musical tells the story of a nightclub owner whose family tries to set him up with a bride from China.

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The Sound of Music (1959)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

One of the most popular musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music follows the story of Maria – a lively woman who becomes a governess for seven children. This musical won five Tony Awards and was later adapted into an Academy-Award-winning film.

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State Fair (1996)

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Tom Briggs, Louis Mattioli

State Fair was written for the screen in 1945 and adapted for the stage in 1996. In this musical, we follow the short and sweet story of a family who leaves their farm behind in pursuit of a mini adventure to the fair.

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Cinderella (2013)

Music: Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Hammerstein  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was written for television in 1957 and adapted for the stage in 2013. This is a musical retelling of the classic tale of Cinderella – a young woman who must tend to her step-family’s every wish before happening upon her Fairy Godmother.

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Musicals by Richard Rodgers

These musicals were partially written by Rodgers after Hammerstein’s death in 1960.

No Strings

Music/Lyrics: Richard Rodgers  Book: Samuel A. Taylor

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1962)

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Do I Hear a Waltz

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Arthur Laurents

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1965)

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Two by Two

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Martin Charnin  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

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I Remember Mama

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Martin Charnin, Raymond Jessel  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

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Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Sherman Yellen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

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* Here’s where you can find a full list of musicals by Rodgers and Hart!

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Suggested Rodgers and Hammerstein Resources

The Rodgers and Hammerstein Sheet Music Collection

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution

The Rodgers and Hammerstein Piano Duet Book

Which of these musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in one of them? Feel free to share in the comments below. And if you like these types of lists, check out the musical database. That’s where you’ll find musicals sorted by composer, theme, setting, and more!

Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


4 thoughts on “Full List of Musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein

  • August 19, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    I’m looking for a performance script for “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”. Please advise ordering details. Thank you.

  • December 23, 2020 at 6:48 am

    Definitely Cinderella Stacy. The 2015 Live Actioner with Lily James is, officially, my Favourite Movie of All time. I saw it 18 times at the Movies which beats out Star Wars in 1977 (17 times at the Movies). There is also the R & H 1965 Cinderella with Stuart Damon and Lesley Ann Warren which is a ripper as well. Thank you.

    • December 23, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Wow, 18 times! That’s incredible! I think my movie theatre record still goes to Titanic back when I was a teen. But agreed – you can’t go wrong with Cinderella. Such a classic. 🙂

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