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August 7, 1994 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a Times staff writer
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's final musical may not be known for its underbelly, but there's more to "The Sound of Music" than a singing governess and her brood. At least that's how director James Hammerstein sees it. The son of the late lyricist believes the operetta based on the true story of the Von Trapp family singers is a tricky piece of work.
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August 21, 1994
James Hammerstein in "A Dark 'Sound of Music'? Check," (Aug. 7) finally identified for me why I could never "tune in" to "The Sound of Music." Because of its background in time and place, Hammerstein correctly labels the original "too sugarcoated." The sweetness of its sound contrasts the horror of its story. I have never been able to accept one without the other. Therefore, "The Sound of Music" is not my choice for listening or viewing pleasure. I wish Hammerstein good luck in his efforts with the play and appreciate his sensitivity to its subject.
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August 21, 1994
James Hammerstein in "A Dark 'Sound of Music'? Check," (Aug. 7) finally identified for me why I could never "tune in" to "The Sound of Music." Because of its background in time and place, Hammerstein correctly labels the original "too sugarcoated." The sweetness of its sound contrasts the horror of its story. I have never been able to accept one without the other. Therefore, "The Sound of Music" is not my choice for listening or viewing pleasure. I wish Hammerstein good luck in his efforts with the play and appreciate his sensitivity to its subject.
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August 7, 1994 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a Times staff writer
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's final musical may not be known for its underbelly, but there's more to "The Sound of Music" than a singing governess and her brood. At least that's how director James Hammerstein sees it. The son of the late lyricist believes the operetta based on the true story of the Von Trapp family singers is a tricky piece of work.
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January 10, 1999
Archbishop Emeritus Bartolome Carrasco Briseno, 80, who championed the poor during 17 years as head of the Oaxaca, Mexico, archdiocese. Carrasco Briseno was archbishop of Oaxaca from 1976 to 1993. He believed in liberation theology, which calls on the Roman Catholic Church to lift people out of oppression and poverty. The southwest state of Oaxaca is one of Mexico's poorest. Carrasco Briseno was born in Tlaxco in the central state of Tlaxcala and was ordained as a priest in 1945.
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October 4, 1992 | DON SHIRLEY
Andrew Lloyd Webber took a tour of some of L.A.'s most prominent theaters late last month, seeking the best site for his new show, "Sunset Boulevard," based on the Billy Wilder movie. Last month, the composer told the opening night audience at "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" in New York that "Sunset Boulevard" would open in the United States before England. Knowledgeable sources say L.A.
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December 30, 1994 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway in 1959, there was no idea that it would run for almost four years, anymore than R & H thought their "Oklahoma" would capture the heart of America and seemingly run forever. The team's retelling of the escape of the Von Trapp family from Nazi suppression, a true story, was played out with unabashed sentimentality, crystal-clear simplicity and a score that featured Hammerstein's folksy affinity and Rodgers' hummable melodies.
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September 29, 1995 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
I never thought I would love "State Fair" but now I do. This 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, written for the movies, raises the burning question: Can two nice youngsters from a farm find true love at the Iowa State Fair, amid the excitement of tractor pulls and hog contests? Believe it or not, when you see Andrea McArdle fall for Scott Wise, you will actually care about the answer.
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March 14, 1993 | DON SHIRLEY
Celeste Holm told backstage stories and re-created her rendition of "I Cain't Say No" from "Oklahoma!," 50 years after she played Ado Annie in the original cast. John Raitt, who created the role of Billy Bigelow in "Carousel" in his Broadway debut, performed his famous "Soliloquy" from that show. But the Center Theatre Group benefit at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, "A Hundred Million Miracles," wasn't just a showcase for the original casts of the musicals of Oscar Hammerstein II.
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October 9, 1992 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
The theater is going to the pigs. At least it is in Long Beach, where a musical based on a 1945 musical film, based on a 1933 non-musical film, based on a 1932 novel by Phil Stong, is trying to pass for "new."
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August 11, 1994 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
How do you solve a problem like "The Sound of Music"? One way is to cast Marie Osmond, perhaps the only star in America who could believe unequivocally in the impeccable sentiments of the singing nun, Maria. As Oscar Hammerstein II stated many times, an artist can freshen the most tired cliche if he approaches it guilelessly.
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August 8, 1997 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Journey of an Epic Musical," airing Sunday on KOCE-TV Channel 50 as a prelude to the arrival of "Show Boat" later this month at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, is being billed as "an in-depth look at the historic and creative evolution" of the great Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II classic.
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