Songsmith Richard Rodgers’ work with Lorenzo Hart spanned two decades and spawned both Broadway and Hollywood hits. Meanwhile, Oscar Hammerstein II collaborated with composer Jerome Kern to create numerous successful musical plays of their own, including the monumental “Showboat.” 

When Hart’s alcoholism pulled him from the craft, Rodgers teamed with Hammerstein and the pair ushered in a “golden age” for American musical theater. The string of blockbuster works they forged — “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “The Sound of Music” — eventually earned 34 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. 

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra will bring the music of these American masters to life along with vocalists Daniel Narducci and Sherri Seiden. Guest conductor Crafton Beck will lead the orchestra. 

Tickets are $20 to $65 for adults, $10 for children (by phone only). 

For more information, call 251-432-2010 or go to

The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein
Where: Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.)
When: May 3 & 4