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. Their Broadway shows brought in a whopping 34 Tony Awards!

The duo met at college, but wouldn’t start working together for another couple of decades. Prior to their partnership, Richard Rodgers wrote over 30 musicals with Lorenz Hart (Here’s the full list of musicals by Rodgers and Hart). And below is 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 after Hammerstein’s death.


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Musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Oklahoma!

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1943)

Oklahoma! was the first private collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein as a duo. (To see the actual first collaborations between R&H, scroll down to the “lesser-known musicals” below!) The show ws a huge hit on Broadway, running for over 2000 performances! It later received multiple revivals and an Oscar-winning film adaptation.


Carousel

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1945)

Carousel was another immediate hit, running for 890 performances on Broadway. It has been revived, made into a film, and it was a personal favorite of Richard Rodgers.


Allegro

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1947)

Unlike the previous two musicals, Allegro opened on Broadway to mixed reviews. It has also rarely been revived since.


South Pacific

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

South Pacific was another immediate hit on Broadway, running for over 1900 performances and winning a Tony for Best Musical! It still receives regular revivals today.


The King and I

Music: Richard Rodgers  Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1951)

The King and I was another enormous and immediate Broadway success for the duo. The show also won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1952.


Me and Juliet

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1953)

Me and Juliet was considered a moderate success after a year-run on Broadway. It has rarely been revived since.


Pipe Dream

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1955)

Pipe Dream was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s seventh collaboration. And although the show wasn’t a flop, it was not a financial success for the duo.


Flower Drum Song

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1958)

After Flower Drum Song’s run on Broadway, it went on to the West End in 1960. It was then followed by a film adaptation in 1961.


The Sound of Music

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

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

One of the most popular musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music won five Tony Awards and was later adapted into an Academy-Award-winning film!


State Fair

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

Musical Type: 1945 Film/Pre-Contemporary Musical (1996)

State Fair was written for the screen in 1945 and later adapted for the stage. It had its premiere on Broadway in 1996, but the response was underwhelming.


Cinderella

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Douglas Carter Beane

Musical Type: 1957 Film/Contemporary Musical (2013)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was written for television in 1957 and adapted for Broadway in 2013. It was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning one.


Lesser-Known Rodgers and Hammerstein Musicals

These musicals were written by Rodgers and Hammerstein II, but don’t have cast albums or a large amount of information available online. The following shows are listed in our Musical Archive.


1919: Up Stage and Down * Technically the first collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein!

1920: Fly With Me

1920: You’d Be Surprised

1921: Say It With Jazz

1922: Jazz a la Carte


Musicals by Richard Rodgers

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


No Strings

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

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1962)

No Strings is the only Broadway score that Richard Rodgers wrote both the music and lyrics for. It was also the first musical he composed after the death of Oscar Hammerstein II.


Do I Hear a Waltz

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

Musical Type: Post Golden Age (1965)

Do I Hear a Waltz was the first and only collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim. The production received mixed reviews.


Two by Two

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

Another show with mixed reviews, Two by Two opened in 1970 on Broadway and ran for ten months.


Rex

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)

Unfortunately, Rex was an underwhelming last Broadway premiere for Richard Rodgers. However, six months before his death in 1979, he was awarded with the Lawrence Langner Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre for his work as a whole.


I Remember Mama

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

I Remember Mama premiered in 1979, but unfortunately was not received well by the public, who deemed the show to be too old-fashioned for their taste.


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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
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    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
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    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
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      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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