- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization is going Dutch.

Imagem Music Group, a music-publishing investment fund, has agreed to purchase the musical-theater catalog of Broadway giants Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Imagem is owned by a large Dutch pension fund known as ABP and CP Masters BV, a European music publisher. No purchase price was given by Imagem or RHO, but the Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources, said the sale could bring in as much as $200 million.

The sale gives Imagem not only licensing rights to such Rodgers and Hammerstein classics as “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma!” and “The Sound of Music,” but the works of more than 200 other writers including Irving Berlin.

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