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The Sound of Music

Even if you don't know it, you can probably whistle a Richard Rodgers tune. Dozens of revivals and tributes this month mark the centennial of Rodgers's birth and celebrate a 60-year career that produced 900 songs and 40 shows. As his exuberant Oklahoma! sells out at New York's Gershwin Theatre, Carnegie Hall presents a concert performance of Carousel, starring Broadway-belter Audra McDonald and Australian heartthrob Hugh Jackman (June 6; 212/247-7800). And you can check out Rodgers memorabilia—numerous Tonys, a No‘l Coward—inscribed silver cocktail shaker, costumes from The King and I—at the Museum of the City of New York (June 22—Jan. 5). Perhaps best of all, in July Scott Ellis directs Rodgers and Hart's lost gem The Boys from Syracuse—a musical version of Shakespeare's madcap Comedy of Errors (July 23—Oct. 6; 212/719-1300). Biographer Meryle Secrest sums up Rodgers's appeal thus: "Sophisticated and fun, or lush and romantic. It's all there." --Tom N. Beer

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