- NAME: Oscar Hammerstein II
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter
- BIRTH DATE: July 12, 1895
- DEATH DATE: August 23, 1960
- EDUCATION: Columbia University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Doylestown, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II
- AKA: Oscar Hammerstein II
- AKA: Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein
- AKA: Oscar Hammerstein
- Nickname: "Ockie"
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Lyricist and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II collaborated with Richard Rodgers on the Pulitzer Prize–winning musicals Oklahoma! and South Pacific.
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In Hammerstein's memory the lights on Broadway were turned off at 9 pm that September 1.
In 1995 Hammerstein's centennial was celebrated all over the world with recordings, books and concerts created to commemorate the "man who owned Broadway." The following Broadway season, three of Hammerstein's musicals ran on Broadway at the same time: Show Boat,
The King and I and State Fair. All three won Tony Awards—Show Boat and The King and I for Best Musical Revival, and State Fair for Best Musical Score.
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