Just say "Original Soundtrack", OP. Nothing gets theatre queens panties in a wad faster than that saying.
Let's not forget that South Pacific confronts racism in a way that made people uncomfortable and it applies today. You have to be carefully taught.
Oklahoma truly changed things. Nearly everyone tried to copy that model, even people who wrote in the previous decades for old fashioned shows (Berlin, Porter, etc).
I would argue that Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific and The King and I
together over an 8 year period are the pinnacle of quality.
Only Sondheim and Prince in the 70's come close.
The King and I. It's their perfect middle-ground show. Certainly it's my personal favorite score.
The books a little long though. It takes the King forever to die.
Goddamn...nobody's mentioned sound of music? They made "edelweiss" seem like a credible Austrian national anthem...brilliant!
P.s. I could not get through Oklahoma starting Mr Jackson. I found it incredibly dated and boring.
Goddamnit... Mr Jackman.
Oklahoma changed the game completely. Even Hollywood tried to copy it. The Harvey Girls was written for Judy Garland because MGM saw the goldmine in a story about the untamed west and the "heartland of America" being so popular during and shortly after WWII had ended.
Flower Drum Song, for fuck's sake!
Nice one, R13. Victory at Sea is pretty damn good.
The movie version of The Sound of Music.
But nothing gets dated faster than a R&H book.
Carousel: "Beat me up, Billy, I like it!"
South Pacific: "OHMYGODTHEYREBLACKSOYOUHADSEXWITHABLACKWOMAN"
King & I: Colonialist claptrap
Flower Drum Song: Me likee!! Hee! Hee!
Sound of Music: Nothing like the real story but between the movie and the money they make from this musical no one cares about what a beeyoch Maria really was.
I've never seen Allegro but love the score, which I only know from the recent recording with Patrick Wilson, Audra MacDonald and Nathan Gunn.
The synopsis of the book makes it sound so great....very much like Our Town.
What went wrong? Is it really unsalvageable?
Most say it is Carousel.
Personally, I prefer South pacific.