Oscar Hammerstein II

Director, Producer, Writer, Lyricist, Source Material, Composer
( b. Jul 12, 1895 New York, New York, USA - d. Aug 23, 1960 Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA ) Male
Also known as:     Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein [Birthname]
Relations:Brother of Reginald Hammerstein
Father of William Hammerstein
Father of James Hammerstein
Grandson of Oscar Hammerstein
Nephew of Arthur Hammerstein
Son of Willie Hammerstein
Biography: Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City. His father managed the Victoria Theatre and was a producer of vaudeville shows. He attended Columbia University and studied at Columbia Law School. He quit law school for the theatre, and collaborated with various composers including Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern, and Richard Rodgers. He contributed lyrics to over 800 songs. He married Myra Finn, with whom he had his children William and Alice. He then married Dorothy Blanchard Jacobson, with whom he had his son James.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "The Sound of Music," "American Graffiti," "The King and I," "Show Boat," "South Pacific," "Oklahoma!," "Carmen Jones," "Carousel," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Flower Drum Song," "State Fair," "The Great Waltz," and "That's Entertainment!." Television credits include: "The Wonderful World of Disney," "Cinderella," "Great Performances," "The Ed Sullivan Show," "Live from Lincoln Center," and "Person to Person."

Other Awards: Rodgers and Hammerstein received The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York." Oscar for Best Music, Original Song for "Lady Be Good" with Jerome Kern in 1942. Oscar for Best Music, Original Song for "State Fair" with Richard Rodgers in 1946.

Trivia:
The final song he wrote was "Edelweiss" in The Sound of Music.
He was a mentor to composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on September 1, 1960.  

Broadway Production Credits

Oklahoma!
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Apr 07, 2019 - Sep 01, 2019
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Carousel
Musical, Drama, Revival
Apr 12, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Prince of Broadway
Musical, Revue, Original
Aug 24, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017
Book for "Show Boat" by Oscar Hammerstein II
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The King and I
Musical, Comedy,Drama, Revival
Apr 16, 2015 - Jun 26, 2016
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Musical, Original
Mar 03, 2013 - Jan 03, 2015
Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

South Pacific
Musical, Drama, Revival
Apr 03, 2008 - Aug 22, 2010
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Lovemusik
Musical, Drama, Original
May 03, 2007 - Jun 24, 2007
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Barbara Cook's Broadway!
Special, Concert, Original
Mar 28, 2004 - Apr 18, 2004
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Never Gonna Dance
Musical, Comedy, Original
Dec 04, 2003 - Feb 15, 2004
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Flower Drum Song
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Oct 17, 2002 - Mar 16, 2003
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II

Oklahoma!
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Mar 21, 2002 - Feb 23, 2003
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Elaine Stritch At Liberty
Special, Solo, Play with music, Original
Feb 21, 2002 - May 26, 2002
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Matters of the Heart
Special, Solo, Concert, Original
Nov 13, 2000 - Dec 17, 2000
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Swing!
Musical, Dance, Revue, Original
Dec 09, 1999 - Jan 14, 2001
Featuring songs by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Sound of Music
Musical, Drama, Revival
Mar 12, 1998 - Jun 20, 1999
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The King and I
Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival
Apr 11, 1996 - Feb 22, 1998
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

State Fair
Musical, Comedy, Original
Mar 27, 1996 - Jun 30, 1996
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II

Paul Robeson
Play, Solo, Play with music, Revival
Dec 20, 1995 - Dec 31, 1995
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Show Boat
Musical, Drama, Revival
Oct 02, 1994 - Jan 05, 1997
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Carousel
Musical, Drama, Revival
Mar 24, 1994 - Jan 15, 1995
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

A Grand Night for Singing
Musical, Revue, Original
Nov 17, 1993 - Jan 01, 1994
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Musical, Revue, Dance, Original
Feb 26, 1989 - Sep 01, 1990
Additional text by Oscar Hammerstein II
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre
Special, Concert, Original
Apr 15, 1987 - Apr 26, 1987
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood
Musical, Revue, Original
Jan 23, 1986 - Feb 02, 1986
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The King and I
Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival
Jan 07, 1985 - Jun 30, 1985
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Show Boat
Musical, Drama, Revival
Apr 24, 1983 - Jun 26, 1983
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Oklahoma!
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Dec 13, 1979 - Aug 24, 1980
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The American Dance Machine
Special, Dance, Original
Jun 14, 1978 - Dec 03, 1978
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Dancin'
Musical, Revue, Original
Mar 27, 1978 - Jun 27, 1982
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The King and I
Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival
May 02, 1977 - Dec 30, 1978
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Bette Midler's Clams on the Half Shell Revue
Special, Revue, Original
Apr 14, 1975 - Jun 22, 1975
Featuring songs by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Desert Song
Musical, Operetta, Revival
Sep 05, 1973 - Sep 16, 1973
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Sound of Music
Musical, Drama, Original
Nov 16, 1959 - Jun 15, 1963
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Flower Drum Song
Musical, Comedy, Original
Dec 01, 1958 - May 07, 1960
Produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Carousel
Musical, Drama, Revival
Sep 11, 1957 - Sep 29, 1957
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Pipe Dream
Musical, Original
Nov 30, 1955 - Jun 30, 1956
Produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

South Pacific
Musical, Drama, Revival
May 04, 1955 - May 15, 1955
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Carousel
Musical, Drama, Revival
Jun 02, 1954 - Aug 08, 1954
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Show Boat
Musical, Drama, Revival
May 05, 1954 - May 16, 1954
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Oklahoma!
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Aug 31, 1953 - Oct 03, 1953
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Me and Juliet
Musical, Comedy, Original
May 28, 1953 - Apr 03, 1954
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Music in the Air
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Oct 08, 1951 - Nov 24, 1951
Directed by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Oklahoma!
Musical, Comedy, Revival
May 29, 1951 - Jul 28, 1951
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The King and I
Musical, Comedy, Drama, Original
Mar 29, 1951 - Mar 20, 1954
Produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Burning Bright
Play, Original
Oct 18, 1950 - Oct 28, 1950
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Happy Time
Play, Comedy, Original
Jan 24, 1950 - Jul 14, 1951
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II

South Pacific
Musical, Drama, Original
Apr 07, 1949 - Jan 16, 1954
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Carousel
Musical, Drama, Revival
Feb 22, 1949 - Mar 05, 1949
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Show Boat
Musical, Drama, Revival
Sep 07, 1948 - Sep 19, 1948
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Allegro
Musical, Original
Oct 10, 1947 - Jul 10, 1948
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

John Loves Mary
Play, Comedy, Farce, Original
Feb 04, 1947 - Feb 07, 1948
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II

Happy Birthday
Play, Comedy, Original
Oct 31, 1946 - Mar 13, 1948
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Annie Get Your Gun
Musical, Comedy, Original
May 16, 1946 - Feb 12, 1949
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II

Carmen Jones
Musical, Revival
Apr 07, 1946 - May 04, 1946
Libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Desert Song
Musical, Operetta, Revival
Jan 08, 1946 - Feb 16, 1946
Libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II

Show Boat
Musical, Drama, Revival
Jan 05, 1946 - Jan 04, 1947
Book directed by Oscar Hammerstein II
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Carousel
Musical, Drama, Original
Apr 19, 1945 - May 24, 1947
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

I Remember Mama
Play, Comedy, Original
Oct 19, 1944 - Jun 29, 1946
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II

The New Moon
Musical, Romantic Comedy, Revival
May 17, 1944 - Jun 24, 1944
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Carmen Jones
Musical, Original
Dec 02, 1943 - Feb 10, 1945
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Oklahoma!
Musical, Comedy, Original
Mar 31, 1943 - May 29, 1948
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The New Moon
Musical, Romantic Comedy, Revival
Aug 18, 1942 - Sep 06, 1942
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Sunny River
Musical, Original
Dec 04, 1941 - Jan 03, 1942
Directed by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Very Warm for May
Musical, Comedy, Original
Nov 17, 1939 - Jan 06, 1940
Book directed by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Glorious Morning
Play, Drama, Original
Nov 26, 1938 - Dec 1938
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II
Staged by Oscar Hammerstein II

Where Do We Go From Here?
Play, Comedy, Original
Nov 15, 1938 - Nov 1938
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II

Knights of Song
Musical, Play, Original
Oct 17, 1938 - Oct 29, 1938
Staged by Oscar Hammerstein II

Hellzapoppin
Musical, Revue, Vaudeville, Original
Sep 22, 1938 - Dec 17, 1941
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

May Wine
Musical, Play, Original
Dec 05, 1935 - Jun 06, 1936
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Music in the Air
Musical, Comedy, Original
Nov 08, 1932 - Sep 16, 1933
Staged by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Show Boat
Musical, Drama, Revival
May 19, 1932 - Oct 22, 1932
Directed by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

East Wind
Musical, Comedy, Original
Oct 27, 1931 - Nov 14, 1931
Staged by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Free For All
Musical, Comedy, Original
Sep 08, 1931 - Sep 19, 1931
Staged by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Gang's All Here
Musical, Comedy, Revue, Original
Feb 18, 1931 - Mar 09, 1931
Staged by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

Ballyhoo of 1930
Musical, Comedy, Original
Dec 22, 1930 - Feb 21, 1931
Additional lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Sweet Adeline
Musical, Comedy, Original
Sep 03, 1929 - Mar 22, 1930
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

A Night in Venice
Musical, Revue, Original
May 21, 1929 - Oct 19, 1929
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Rainbow
Musical, Romance, Original
Nov 21, 1928 - Dec 15, 1928
Staged by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The New Moon
Musical, Romance, Original
Sep 19, 1928 - Dec 14, 1929
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Good Boy
Musical, Original
Sep 05, 1928 - Apr 13, 1929
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

Show Boat
Musical, Drama, Original
Dec 27, 1927 - May 04, 1929
Staged by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Golden Dawn
Musical, Drama, Original
Nov 30, 1927 - May 05, 1928
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Rose-Marie
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Jan 24, 1927 - Mar 05, 1927
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Desert Song
Musical, Operetta, Original
Nov 30, 1926 - Jan 07, 1928
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Wild Rose
Musical, Comedy, Original
Oct 20, 1926 - Dec 11, 1926
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Song of the Flame
Musical, Opera, Romance, Original
Dec 30, 1925 - Jul 10, 1926
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Sunny
Musical, Comedy, Original
Sep 22, 1925 - Dec 11, 1926
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Rose-Marie
Musical, Comedy, Original
Sep 02, 1924 - Jan 16, 1926
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

New Toys
Play, Comedy, Tragedy, Original
Feb 18, 1924 - Mar 1924
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II

Gypsy Jim
Play, Drama, Original
Jan 14, 1924 - Feb 1924
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II

Mary Jane McKane
Musical, Comedy, Original
Dec 25, 1923 - May 03, 1924
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Wildflower
Musical, Original
Feb 07, 1923 - Mar 29, 1924
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Queen O' Hearts
Musical, Comedy, Original
Oct 10, 1922 - Nov 11, 1922
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Daffy Dill
Musical, Comedy, Original
Aug 22, 1922 - Oct 21, 1922
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Jimmie
Musical, Comedy, Original
Nov 17, 1920 - Jan 15, 1921
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Tickle Me
Musical, Comedy, Original
Aug 17, 1920 - Feb 12, 1921
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Always You
Musical, Comedy, Original
Jan 05, 1920 - Feb 28, 1920
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Furs and Frills
Musical, Farce, Original
Oct 09, 1917 - Nov 03, 1917
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Benefits and Special Events

Something Good
Jun 28, 2002 - Jun 28, 2002
Special, Benefit,Concert,Tribute, Original
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Back From Broadway
Jun 17, 2002 - Jun 17, 2002
Special, Concert, Benefit, Original
Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Something Wonderful
Jul 12, 1995 - Jul 12, 1995
Special, Benefit,Concert,Tribute, Original
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

A Celebration of Richard Rodgers
Mar 26, 1972 - Mar 26, 1972
Special, Benefit, Original
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Awards and Nominations

1996 Tony Award® Best Original Score

State Fair [nominee]
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

1960 Tony Award® Best Musical

nomineeThe Sound of Music [winner]
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II

1959 Tony Award® Best Musical

Flower Drum Song [nominee]
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein

1956 Tony Award® Best Musical

Pipe Dream [nominee]
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein

1952 Tony Award® Best Musical

nomineeThe King and I [winner]
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

1950 Tony Award® Best Musical

nomineeSouth Pacific [winner]
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II

1950 Tony Award® Libretto

nomineeSouth Pacific [winner]
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

1950 Tony Award® Producer (Musical)

nomineeSouth Pacific [winner]
Produced by Oscar Hammerstein II

1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

nomineeSouth Pacific [winner]
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

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