The History of Theater - In One Amazing City
February 24, 2023
48. Hammerstein's Opera House, Part Three

The last installment of the saga of Oscar Hammerstein in the "Opera Wars" - and the story of the grand Philadelphia theater he left behind.

The last installment of the saga of Oscar Hammerstein in the "Opera Wars" - and the grand Philadelphia theater he left behind, when the war was over.

We also meet the New York banker Otto Kahn - the power behind the rival Metropolitan Opera - and how that name gets transferred to the Philadelphia building.

Despite many transformations, over the years it has remained a grand temple of Music, Art and Faith on North Broad Street.  We follow the musical trail from 1910 - all the way to the present day.

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