Carefully Taught: Live Music + Conversation with Oscar Hammerstein III
Run Time: 90 min.
Join us for a unique and provocative conversation + Q&A with Oscar Hammerstein III who will present the work of his grandfather, Oscar Hammerstein, through a political lens. His progressive songs, lyrics and verse will be explored both with historical anecdotes and live music accompaniment in the main theater.
While Hammerstein’s name may be synonymous with traditional Broadway musicals, his work was often overtly political and decidedly progressive: South Pacific’s seminal You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught confronted (racial?) hatred head-on; The Sound of Music famously dramatized the effects of Nazism; Carmen Jones brought Bizet’s opera Carmen to Broadway with an all-black cast (in 1943 no less!). Horrified by the emergence of the Third Reich on the global stage, and later by rampant racial injustice in the US, Hammerstein became a human rights champion and voice in the civil rights movement, co-founding the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League, and lending support to the Southern Negro Youth Congress, American Committee for the Protection of Foreign Born, National Federation for Constitutional Liberties and myriad social justice organizations. He also applied his magic pen to speeches by Adlai Stevenson and other influential progressive politicians.