American Musical Theater: Richard Rodgers
Rodgers addresses a variety of topics during this interview. He acknowledges and is untroubled by charges of sentimentality. He stresses the artist's need to create for him or herself rather than for the public. He discusses his relationship with Hammerstein and Hart and alludes to a difficult, tenuous relationship between social problems and art. He also describes a recent performance of Falstaff, written when Verdi was eighty, as encouragement to keep working.