At 78 years old, Oklahoma!, is lookin fine. Rodgers and Hammerstein's first musical together blew onto the scene in 1943 and redefined American Musical Theater forever. The deceptively simple story hides layers of complexity that have yielded rich interpretations ever since (and terrible high school productions, much to the chagrin of many a musical theater lover.) Michael and Anika dive into the darkness in the sunny text, the question of insiders and outsiders in American communities (and who is missing from the text), the direct connection from 'Lonely Room' to the work of Stephen Sondheim, and the very different experience watching the show in the state of Oklahoma. Give this episode and Oklahoma Hello and press play!

Om Podcasten

Join Director Michael Fling (Artistic Associate, Goodspeed Musicals) and Dramaturg Anika Chapin (Director of Artistic Development, Signature Theatre) as they explore and examine your favorite shows, from contemporary hits to classic Broadway. They’ll share fascinating tidbits about each show’s creation and history, then analyze a song or scene to illustrate how the dramaturgy of the show works. Whether you're "Getting to Know" a show for the first time or learning more about an "Old Friend", you're guaranteed to fall in love with musical theatre all over again. New episodes monthly.