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Oklahoma!

Episode Summary

At 78 years old, Oklahoma!, is lookin fine. Rodgers and Hammerstein's first musical together blew onto the scene in 1943 and redefined American Musical Theater forever. The deceptively simple story hides layers of complexity that have yielded rich interpretations ever since (and terrible high school productions, much to the chagrin of many a musical theater lover.) Michael and Anika dive into the darkness in the sunny text, the question of insiders and outsiders in American communities (and who is missing from the text), the direct connection from 'Lonely Room' to the work of Stephen Sondheim, and the very different experience watching the show in the state of Oklahoma. Give this episode and Oklahoma Hello and press play!

Episode Notes

OKLAHOMA! Music by Richard Rodgers | Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II | Original Choreography by Agnes de Mille | Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs | 

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