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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Oscar Hammerstein Festival

There will be a Festival honoring Oscar Hammerstein in New Hope, Pa. It will be hosted by Robyn Goodman and Alexander Fraser, the directors of the Bucks County Playhouse. “As a producer of new musicals," Ms. Goodman explained, "I have become increasingly concerned that lyric writing is not getting the attention it deserves. The lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein have stood the test of time and show us how metaphor, poetry and simplicity have been lost in the age of Twitter and texting.” The festival’s main program is “Getting to Know You: An Enchanted Evening of Oscar Hammerstein II,” with Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, from the Broadway production of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Mandy Gonzalez (“In the Heights”) and Lewis Cleale (“The Book of Mormon”). The festival will also include an evening of scenes and songs by young theater composers and songwriters. Holders of a festival pass can also go on a tour of Highland Farm, near Doylestown, where Hammerstein worked on “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel” and “The Sound of Music.” The tour will be led by the lyricist’s grandson, Will Hammerstein.

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