Exclusive: Watch the Cast of RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S 80TH ANNIVERSARY Sing 'Edelweiss'

The starry concert will air on PBS on May 31.

By: May. 27, 2024
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In December of 2023, Broadway luminaries gathered together to celebrate the historic partnership and songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, 80 years after the premiere of their first musical, Oklahoma!

Directed for the screen by five-time BAFTA®  winner Julia Knowles, the event included iconic songs from The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, and more, performed by stars of the stage and screen.

Ahead of the PBS premiere on May 31, check out an exclusive clip from the concert, featuring Aaron Tveit, Michael Ball, Daniel Dae Kim, Maria Friedman, Audra McDonald, Julian Ovenden, and more singing Edelweiss from The Sound of Music. 

Additional members of the company included Joanna AmpilMarisha Wallace, and Patrick Wilson. The concert also featured Anna-Jane CaseyLily KerhoasJonny Labey, and Jordan Shaw, along with special appearances by EGOT winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rita Moreno.

Completing the company were Jade AlbertsenAlex Louize BirdMatthew CaputoDan Cooke, Barry Drummond, Harry FrancisMatt GibsonBethany Huckle, Brenda Newhouse, Emily Ann Potter, Sophie Pourret, Stephen Quildan, and Rachel Wang-Hei Lau. The celebration featured the 40-piece Rodgers & Hammerstein Concert Orchestra, conducted by Simon Lee, with stage direction by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Christopher Gattelli and associate choreography by Simon Hardwick.

The gala was filmed on Tuesday, December 12 at London’s newly restored Theatre Royal Drury Lane – the same venue that premiered the original West End productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The King and I.

The concert premieres Friday, May 31 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

Photo credit: Tristram Kenton