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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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Contracts and Commitments

Contracts and Commitments

(p.27) Chapter 2 Contracts and Commitments

Tim Carter

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the contracts and commitments related to the production of the musical Oklahoma!. It explains that the various artistic and financial problems facing the Theatre Guild in the 1930s and early 1940s provide an important backdrop for decisions made related to the production of the musical. The chapter also suggests that there is a consensus that much of the impetus for Oklahoma! came from Theresa Helburn, and discusses the conflict between her plans and those of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Keywords:   Oklahoma, musical, Theatre Guild, Theresa Helburn, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

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