A new concert celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein is coming to London in December. My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert will feature a 40-piece orchestra at London's freshly restored Theatre Royal Drury Lane December 12.
The concert will be directed and staged by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (Lincoln Center Theater’s The King and I, South Pacific, Newsies the Musical). Celebrating 80 years since the historic premiere of Oklahoma!, the concert will showcase original arrangements from Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Cinderella, and The Sound of Music. Additionally, material from Allegro, Flower Drum Song, Pipe Dream, and State Fair will be performed.
The 40-piece Rodgers & Hammerstein Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Simon Lee, alongside a West End chamber choir, dance ensemble, and more. Performers from around the globe will be announced at a later date.
“I am thrilled to unite stars across the film, television, theatre, and music communities to honor Rodgers and Hammerstein’s incredible legacy,” says Gattelli. “As the first composers to infuse storytelling into song and dance on stage, their work is always a joy to be a part of. With so many beloved classics and rarely heard gems, there is truly something for all ages to enjoy, and we have some exciting surprises planned for what is set to be a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event."
Presented by The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, the concert is produced by Concord Originals, Kilimanjaro Live/JAS Theatricals, and Trafalgar Entertainment.