O is for Oscar Hammerstein II, (1895-1960) an award-winning American songwriter and theatrical producer.
Oscar grew up in a family of show business. His grandfather was an opera producer, and his father managed and produced shows at the New York Victoria Theatre. His uncle also produced shows on Broadway.
In college, Oscar studied law, but he wrote and acted in school plays. He eventually left law school to pursue theater, and his first job was assistant stage manager for his uncle.
He went on to provide lyrics for 850 songs and produce many great musicals.
Had Oscar become a lawyer instead of a songwriter, we would not have:
Or My Favorite Things
What’s your favorite tune penned by Oscar Hammerstein?