You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Musical tunes up for sale?

Rodgers and Hammerstein mum on rumors

The Rodgers and Hammerstein Org is keeping mum on rumors and reports that its catalog of classic showtunes is up for grabs.

Word in Gotham has R&H looking into the possibility of selling its library, which includes tuner hits by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II as well as material by other creatives including Irving Berlin and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Catalog is estimated to be worth $150 million-$200 million.

The music publishing divisions of Sony, Vivendi and Warner are among those said to be kicking the tires. Potential revenue from the catalog would be generated not only from licensed legit productions but also from selling rights for the use of tunes in other media.

A rep for R&H declined to comment.

Known for its careful hold on the legit legacy of Rodgers and Hammerstein (“The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific”), the R&H Org is comprised mainly of three arms: R&H Theatricals (which licenses tuners and revues), the R&H Concert Library and music publishing company Williamson Music.

The daughters of the two composers, Mary Rodgers Guettel and Alice Hammerstein Mathias, are the main trustees and beneficiaries of the trusts that control the R&H Org.

Topped by Ted Chapin, the company has had a busy year, with Lincoln Center Theater’s hit staging of “South Pacific” up and running, plus two new Rialto tuners, Tony winner “In the Heights” and “[title of show],” joining Williamson.

Upcoming Broadway productions of titles repped by R&H include a fall staging of the 1940 Rodgers and Hart tuner “Pal Joey” and the Gotham preem of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.”

More Music

  • HalseyWomen's March rally, New York, USA

    Read Halsey's Stirring Speech at the New York City Women's March

    The Rodgers and Hammerstein Org is keeping mum on rumors and reports that its catalog of classic showtunes is up for grabs. Word in Gotham has R&H looking into the possibility of selling its library, which includes tuner hits by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II as well as material by other creatives including Irving […]

  • Drake Adult Swim Upfront party

    Drake Drops Two New Songs: 'God's Plan' and 'Diplomatic Immunity' (Listen)

    The Rodgers and Hammerstein Org is keeping mum on rumors and reports that its catalog of classic showtunes is up for grabs. Word in Gotham has R&H looking into the possibility of selling its library, which includes tuner hits by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II as well as material by other creatives including Irving […]

  • Fredo SantanaLollapalooza Festival, Chicago, America -

    Rapper Fredo Santana Dead at 27

    The Rodgers and Hammerstein Org is keeping mum on rumors and reports that its catalog of classic showtunes is up for grabs. Word in Gotham has R&H looking into the possibility of selling its library, which includes tuner hits by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II as well as material by other creatives including Irving […]

  • Rihanna France Concert Canceled

    Rihanna to Perform at Grammys With DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller

    The Rodgers and Hammerstein Org is keeping mum on rumors and reports that its catalog of classic showtunes is up for grabs. Word in Gotham has R&H looking into the possibility of selling its library, which includes tuner hits by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II as well as material by other creatives including Irving […]

  • Tom Petty Died of Accidental Overdose,

    Tom Petty's Family Says He Died of Accidental Overdose

    The Rodgers and Hammerstein Org is keeping mum on rumors and reports that its catalog of classic showtunes is up for grabs. Word in Gotham has R&H looking into the possibility of selling its library, which includes tuner hits by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II as well as material by other creatives including Irving […]

  • RCA Records Names John Fleckenstein, Joe

    John Fleckenstein and Joe Riccitelli Upped to Co-Presidents at RCA Records

    The Rodgers and Hammerstein Org is keeping mum on rumors and reports that its catalog of classic showtunes is up for grabs. Word in Gotham has R&H looking into the possibility of selling its library, which includes tuner hits by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II as well as material by other creatives including Irving […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content