1902: Richard Charles Rodgers born June 28 at Hammells Station, NY, near
Arverne, Long Island.
1908: Rodgers learns to play the piano.
1917: Rodgers gives first amateur musical productions: One Minute Please;
Up Stage and Down.
1918: Rodgers meets his first collaborator, lyricist Lorenz Hart
1919: Rodgers & Hart's first Broadway song: "Any Old Place with You," in A
Lonely Romeo. Rodgers enrolls as extension student at Columbia University.
1920: Rodgers & Hart's first musical, Poor Little Ritz Girl, opens.
1921: Rodgers enrolls at New York's Institute of Musical Art (now
1924: Rodgers & Hart's Melody Man opens.
1925: Rodgers & Hart's The Garrick Gaities, a revue for Theatre Guild.
Dearest Enemy opens as team's first successful musical comedy.
1926: Rodgers & Hart's Peggy-Ann opens. The Girl Friend opens.
1927: Rodgers & Hart's A Connecticut Yankee opens (song, "My Heart Stood
1930: Rodgers marries Dorothy Feiner, March 5.
1931: Rodgers & Hart's America's Sweetheart opens. Love Me Tonight (film)
stars Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald (songs "Isn't it Romantic?",
"Mimi"). Rodgers' daughter Mary born.
1932: The Phantom President (film) gives first screen role to George M.
Cohan. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (film) stars Al Jolson.
1934: Rodgers & Hart write score for Billy Rose's musical comedy Jumbo
(song, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.").
1935: Rodgers' daughter Linda born.
1936: Rodgers & Hart's On Your Toes opens.
1937: Rodgers & Hart's Babes in Arms opens (song, "My Funny Valentine").
I'd Rather Be Right opens.
1938: Rodgers & Hart's The Boys From Syracuse opens; first successful use
of Shakespeare as basis for commercial musical. I Married An Angel opens.
1939: Rodgers & Hart's Too Many Girls opens. Rodgers' ballet, Ghost Town,
1940: Rodgers & Hart's Pal Joey opens (first musical comedy to receive the
New York Drama Critics Award; also wins eleven Donaldson Awards). Higher
and Higher opens.
1942: By Jupiter opens (last of the Rodgers &Hart musicals).
1943: Lorenz Hart dies (November). Rodgers and new partner, Oscar
Hammerstein II, collaborate on Oklahoma!, which receives special Pulitzer
Prize for drama and produces first original cast album. (Introduces John
Raitt; songs, "Oklahoma!", "Oh What A Beautiful Mornin'", "People Will Say
We're In Love," "Out of My Dreams," "Surrey with the Fringe on Top").
1944: Rodgers & Hammerstein write screen score for State Fair. "It Might
as Well Be Spring" receives Academy Award for Best Song (1945).
1945: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel opens (stars John Raitt; songs: "If
I Loved You," "You'll Never Walk Alone.")
1947: Oklahoma! opens in London (stars Howard Keel). Allegro opens.
1949: Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific opens; wins Pulitzer Prize,
Drama Critics Award, seven Tony Awards. (Stars Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza;
songs, "Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "Bali Ha'i", "Some Enchanted
Evening," "This Nearly Was Mine.")
1951: Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I opens. (Stars Yul Brynner and
Gertrude Lawrence; songs, "Hello, Young Lovers," "We Kiss In a Shadow,"
"Getting to Know You," "Shall We Dance?", "Whistle A Happy Tune.")
1952: Rodgers composes Emmy-winning score for NBC-TV series, Victory at
1953: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Me and Juliet opens.
1955: Oklahoma! (film) opens (stars Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones). Pipe
1957: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (television production, stars
1958: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song opens. South Pacific (film)
opens (stars Mitzi Gaynor).
1959: The Sound of Music opens on Broadway, last of the Rodgers &
Hammerstein musicals. (Stars Mary Martin; songs, "The Sound of Music,"
"Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Every Mountain," "My Favorite Things.")
1960: Oscar Hammerstein dies. Rodgers writes score for The Valiant Years
1962: Rodgers writes No Strings (stars Diahann Carroll).
1965: Rodgers collaborates with Stephen Sondheim on Do I Hear a Waltz? The
Sound of Music (film) wins Academy Award for Best Picture of 1965 (stars
Julie Andrews; new song, "I Have Confidence in Me").
1967: Rodgers writes score for Androcles and the Lion (television
1970: Two by Two opens (stars Danny Kaye).
1975: Rodgers publishes autobiography, Musical Stages.
1976: Rex opens.
1979: Final (39th) musical play, I Remember Mama. Rodgers dies, December