Iconic musicals can have a dark core

RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s ultimate tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein at the NCH on August 19

14th August, 2016
Kim Criswell will perform at the NCH on August 19

Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals weren’t all just cutie gals and fluffy tunes, you know. The songwriting team that dominated the golden age of stage and movie musicals during the 1940s and 1950s was not averse to probing the seedier sides of life and hidden social issues.

For instance, Carousel, a brooding and dark show, contains domestic violence and wife-beating; South Pacific delves into racial tension; and even The Sound of Music – that...

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