Oklahoma! [Original Broadway Cast Album]

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
The American musical reached maturity on March 31, 1943, with the premiere of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's debut collaboration, Oklahoma! Never before had a show's score, libretto, and choreography been so united in storytelling. The results were sensational. Starring Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, and Celeste Holm, Oklahoma!was also the first musical immortalized in an original cast album, allowing listeners to relive the magic of "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Kansas City," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Pore Jud Is Daid" (an alternate take is included) and the foot-stompin' title tune. This is a classic recording as ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
The American musical reached maturity on March 31, 1943, with the premiere of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's debut collaboration, Oklahoma! Never before had a show's score, libretto, and choreography been so united in storytelling. The results were sensational. Starring Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, and Celeste Holm, Oklahoma!was also the first musical immortalized in an original cast album, allowing listeners to relive the magic of "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Kansas City," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Pore Jud Is Daid" (an alternate take is included) and the foot-stompin' title tune. This is a classic recording as well as a timeless work of art.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Broadway opening of Oklahoma! in 1943 is remembered as a landmark in American musical theater. The show was the first written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, though both were theater veterans. Rodgers & Hammerstein turned out an exuberant, tuneful score in which all the songs grew out of the characters and the situations, an unusual approach in musical theater, where songs often had little relationship to the action. The point was made right at the start, when the choral number that opened most musicals was eschewed in favor of an off-stage leading man coming on and singing "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'." It ran over five years, becoming the longest running musical in Broadway history up to its time. The score threw off several hits and standards, including "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "People Will Say We're in Love," and the stirring title tune. Although there had been a tradition of recording music from stage works in their original form with the stage performers in Great Britain, such recordings were only occasional in the U.S., and the idea of putting together an album of several 78 rpm records containing a show's major songs as performed on-stage was relatively new. On the day that Oklahoma! opened, the American record industry was closed down by a musicians strike but shortly after Decca Records settled with the union, company president Jack Kapp brought the Oklahoma! principals together in the recording studio and cut 12 of the show's songs for a six-record album. The result, Oklahoma! [Original Broadway Cast], was a commercial smash that forever changed the record business and led to the domination of record sales by the cast and soundtrack albums for the next 20 years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 601215798128
  • Catalog Number: 157981
  • Sales rank: 2,262

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (3:18)
  2. 2 Oh, What a Beautiful Morning - Alfred Drake (2:32)
  3. 3 Surrey with the Fringe on Top - Alfred Drake (3:07)
  4. 4 Kansas City - Lee Dixon (2:48)
  5. 5 I Cain't Say No - Celeste Holm (3:03)
  6. 6 Many a New Day - Joan Roberts (3:06)
  7. 7 It's a Scandal! It's a Outrage! - Chorus (3:16)
  8. 8 People Will Say We're in Love - Joan Roberts (3:11)
  9. 9 Pore Jud Is Daid - Howard Da Silva (2:51)
  10. 10 Lonely Room - Alfred Drake (2:36)
  11. 11 Out of My Dreams - Joan Roberts (2:47)
  12. 12 The Farmer and the Cowman - Betty Garde (5:22)
  13. 13 All Er Nothin' - Lee Dixon (3:09)
  14. 14 Oklahoma! - Alfred Drake (2:31)
  15. 15 Finale - Joan Roberts (3:13)
  16. 16 Pore Jud Is Daid - Howard Da Silva (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alfred Drake Vocals
Carl Nelson Vocals
Robert Penn Vocals
Celeste Holm Vocals
Ray Harrison Dancer
Male Chorus Track Performer
Joan Roberts Vocals
Virginia Oswald Vocals
Jay Blackton Conductor
Bobby Barrentine Dancer
Kenneth Buffet Dancer
Joseph Buloff Vocals
Howard Da Silva Vocals
Margit Dekova Dancer
Lee Dixion Vocals
Kate Friedlich Vocals, Dancer
Herbert Rissman Vocals
Paul Shiers Vocals
Faye Smith Vocals
Billie Zay Dancer
Vivienne Simon Vocals
Elsie Arnold Vocals
John Baum Vocals
Edwin Clay Vocals
Hayes Gordon Vocals
Suzanne Lloyd Vocals
Ellen Love Vocals
Dorothea MacFarland Vocals
Lee Dixon Vocals
Bambi Linn Vocals, Dancer
Barry Kelley Vocals
Diana Adams Dancer
Harvey Brown Vocals
Marc Platt Vocals
Ralph Riggs Vocals
Betty Garde Vocals
Technical Credits
Geoffrey Burgon Composer
Andy McKaie Producer, Reissue Producer
Vartan Art Direction
DZN Reissue Design
Max O. Preeo Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Ron O'Brien Producer, Reissue Producer
Louis Untermeyer Liner Notes
Russell Bennett Orchestration
Stephen Schwartz Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Available

    Just to clear things up...The performers on this CD are NOT the actors in the 1955 movie version starring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae. This CD has the actors and actresses from the 1943 stage version. All of the performers, including Alfred Drake and Joan Roberts, on this recording have wonderful, rich, expressive voices. Unlike other modern musicals that make headlines and then disappear, this musical has endured for over 60 years and still remains loved. The songs include upbeat, cheerful pieces as well as one of the most beloved love songs of all time, "People Will Say We're In Love." And, of course the comical "I Cain't Say No" is one of the musical's highlight numbers. This recording includes a couple of songs that are only found in the stage version such as "Lonely Room" and "It's A Scandal! It's An Outrage!" There is also an extended version of "Out of My Dreams" on this CD, which is only briefly sung by Shirley Jones in the movie version. This recording is sure to be loved by anyone- from Rodgers and Hammerstein experts to a newcomer to the musical genre. I reccomend this CD to anyone who enjoys the movie version and anyone who wants to listen to one of the definitive musicals in American history. It doesn't get much better than this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's amazing!!

    I am really surprised at how well the voices match those in the movie musical. I say that's promising.

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    Posted June 12, 2009

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