by Priscilla Matthews
The story of Oscar Andy Hammerstein’s family is the history of musical theatre in America. On Sunday, October 17
, from 3 to 5 pm, he will discuss his new book, The Hammersteins—A Musical Theatre Family as part of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s
series, What’s in Store? After the talk, the author will sign copies of his book while guests enjoy a wine reception and live performances of favorite show tunes.
The author’s grandfather, Oscar Hammerstein II, the Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist, theatrical producer and director, winner of eight Tony Awards and two Academy Awards for Best Original Song, was one of the twentieth century’s most influential writers of musical plays. The son of a noted New York opera impresario, he collaborated with composer Richard Rodgers and others on some of the most successful musicals in Broadway history, including Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and The King and I. Rodgers and Hammerstein introduced to the world standards like Some Enchanted Evening, Hello Young Lovers, and You’ll Never Walk Alone, which artists of all genres continue to sing to this day.
The author, who lives in South Salem, New York, is a painter, writer, lecturer, and family historian who has devoted much of his life to studying and preserving his family’s legacy within the American theatre. Books will be available for purchase.
For more information, contact Lise Sharfin at
or 203. 438.4519 during regular business hours. The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.