Happy Hour #26: An Oklahoma Hoedown – ‘Oklahoma!’

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Jimi and Tommy talk about Rodgers and Hammerstein’s record-breaking debut, ‘Oklahoma!’ The gang discuss where the show fits in a contemporary setting, the importance of narrative choreography and the birth of the two most important names in musical theatre history!

Oklahoma! (1998 London Cast Recording)
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SHOW NOTES

If musical theatre history is your thing, then look no further than Broadway: The American Musical beautifully narrated by Julie Andrews!

Also if you are interested in race representation in musical The Great White Way by Warren Hoffman is a good starting point.

Check out the glorious Agnes DeMille, one of the true founders of narrative choreography.

Oklahoma was the first musical to contain a dream ballet – have a look at the 1955 movie’s attempt at it!

What are you opinions and experiences with narrative choreography and dance on Broadway? Let us know on Reddit!

Stephen Sondheim owes a lot of his career to Mr Oscar Hammerstein II. Have a look at this great interview where he talks a little bit about his influence.

As it’s the holidays we’ve got an exciting giveaway in next week’s podcast so be sure to tune in and find out the details!

A LEGGY QUIZ QUESTION

Which musical contains Broadway’s premiere prosthetic kickline?

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