the legacy of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein I
Will Hammerstein is the grandson of legendary Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. He is a founding board member of Oscar Hammerstein’s Highland Farm, a non-profit dedicated to the purchase, restoration and preservation of Oscar Hammerstein’s former home and workplace in Doylestown, Pa. He has served as guest speaker at many events on his family history.
Will Hammerstein is available for both public and private speaking engagements.
Oscar Hammerstein: Broadway to Bucks County
Presented by Will Hammerstein
Oscar Hammerstein II, in collaboration with Richard Rodgers, wrote some of the most popular musicals of all time, including Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. In the fascinating program Oscar Hammerstein: Broadway to Bucks County, Oscar’s grandson Will Hammerstein tells the whole story—from his birth into a theater family in 1895, through the ups and downs and major influences of his career, up until his death in 1960 at his beloved home Highland Farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Highland Farm is where the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein partnership was formed, where Oscar did most of his lyric writing, and where he mentored a high school student named Stephen Sondheim. Will also explores his efforts to turn historic Highland Farm into a museum, dedicated to furthering his grandfather’s great legacy.
Please note: The program can be complemented by live musicians performing the Hammerstein songbook.
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