Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

by Tim Carter
     
 

ISBN-10: 030010619X

ISBN-13: 9780300106190

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

Oklahoma! premiered on Broadway in 1943 under the auspices of the Theatre Guild, and today it is performed more frequently than any other Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. In this book Tim Carter offers the first fully documented history of the making of this celebrated American musical.
Drawing on research from rare theater archives, manuscripts,

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Overview

Oklahoma! premiered on Broadway in 1943 under the auspices of the Theatre Guild, and today it is performed more frequently than any other Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. In this book Tim Carter offers the first fully documented history of the making of this celebrated American musical.
Drawing on research from rare theater archives, manuscripts, journalism, and other sources, Carter records every step in the development of Oklahoma! The book is filled with rich and fascinating details about how Rodgers and Hammerstein first came together, the casting process, how Agnes de Mille became the show’s choreographer, and the drafts and revisions that ultimately gave the musical its final shape. Carter also shows the lofty aspirations of both the creators and producers and the mythmaking that surrounded Oklahoma! from its very inception, and demonstrates just what made it part of its times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300106190
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................ix
Preface....................xi
CHAPTER 1. Setting the Stage....................1
CHAPTER 2. Contracts and Commitments....................27
CHAPTER 3. Creative Processes....................79
CHAPTER 4. Heading for Broadway....................137
CHAPTER 5. Reading Oklahoma!....................173
CHAPTER 6. From Stage to Screen....................212
Appendix A: A Time Line for Oklahoma! 5 May 1942 to 31 March 1943....................251
Appendix B: Archival and Other Sources....................265
Notes....................273
Bibliography....................301
Permissions....................309
Index....................313

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