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Oklahoma!The Making of an American Musical$
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Tim Carter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106190

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106190.001.0001

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

(p.1) Chapter 1 Setting the Stage

Tim Carter

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the early history of the musical Oklahoma!, discussing Lawrence Langner and Theresa Helburn of the Theatre Guild, and the background of Lynn Riggs's play Green Grow the Lilacs. It highlights the selection director Rouben Mamoulian and the works of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, and also considers recurring themes in the subsequent reception of the musical.

Keywords:   Oklahoma, Lawrence Langner, Theresa Helburn, Theatre Guild, Lynn Riggs, Robert Mamoulian, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

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