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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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Reading Oklahoma!

Reading Oklahoma!

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(p.173) Chapter 5 Reading Oklahoma!
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Oklahoma!
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Tim Carter

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0005

This chapter examines the reviews and evaluation of the musical Oklahoma!. It explains that later accounts of the musical have tended to focus on its design and also on Richard and Oscar Hammerstein II's presumed search for a new type of musical that integrated drama, song, and dance during the creative process for Oklahoma!. The chapter highlights the importance of nostalgia, idealism, community spirit, and patriotism in the reception of the musical.

Keywords:   Oklahoma, musical, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, creative process, nostalgia, idealism, community spirit, patriotism

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