Tag: Rodgers, Richard

How ‘Oklahoma!’ Revolutionized the Cast Album

When Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” debuted on Broadway in April 1943, everything was going its way — except that it opened smack-dab in the middle of a calamitous recording strike. Eight months earlier, the American Federation of Musicians had enjoined its members from entering any recording studio, and the music industry was scrambling with halfhearted […]

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Listen to the Sound of Love Reinvented in ‘Oklahoma!’ (Headphones On)

How do you make a classic song sound — and feel — totally different without changing its melody, harmony or a single word of its lyrics? How did this version of “People Will Say We’re in Love” [embedded content] — become this one? [embedded content] The 1943 Broadway hit “Oklahoma!” was a game-changer in many […]

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