I Remember Mama

I Remember Mama

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Book by Thomas Meehan

Additional Lyrics by Raymond Jessel
Based on the play by John Van Druten

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I Remember Mama

I Remember Mama

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Book by Thomas Meehan

Additional Lyrics by Raymond Jessel
Based on the play by John Van Druten

Overview

For his final score, Richard Rodgers turned to a play he and Hammerstein had produced on Broadway 35 years earlier that had gone on to become a modern classic. Set in San Francisco following the turn of the century, this story of a Norwegian family's survival in the New World is told in retrospect by the eldest daughter, a successful writer recounting the start of her career and the childhood that inspired it. She takes us back to relive familial hardships and triumphs including the near loss of their home, Papa's desperate return to Norway when he can no longer find work, and the sale of her first story-this one. But, of course, it's Mama she remembers most of all, always guiding their precarious journey with a firm hand and a warm heart.

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Details

  • Genre: Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Christmas/Holiday
  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Cast Attributes: Roles for Children, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences

Authors

Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers' contribution to the musical theatre of his day was extraordinary, and his influence on the musical theatre of today and tomorrow is legendary. His career spanned more than six decades, his hits ranging from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright light ...

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Martin Charnin

Born in New York, Martin Charnin (1934-2019) had a long career in musical theater, from his early days as a performer to his later years as a composer, writer, director, and lyricist. His lyrics to the song “Tomorrow,” from the musical Annie, have been sung and heard across t ...

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Thomas Meehan

Thomas Meehan (1929-2017) won the 2003 Tony Award co-writing the book for Hairspray as well as the 2001 Tony Award for co-writing the book for The Producers. He received his first Tony Award in 1977 for writing the book of Annie, his first Broadway show, and later wrote the b ...

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Raymond Jessel

Raymond Jessel (1929-2015) hailed from Cardiff, where he received his music degree from the University of Wales. He won a scholarship to study composition for a year in Paris as a graduate student with Arthur Honegger.

He emigrated to Canada, where he began his career as an or ...

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John Van Druten

John William Van Druten (June 1, 1901 – December 19, 1957) was an English playwright and theatre director. He began his career in London, and later moved to America, becoming a U.S. citizen. He was known for his plays of witty and urbane observations of contemporary life and ...
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