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I am going to attemp to start a theatrequeen flamewar

What was Rogers and Hammerstein's masterpiece?

Have at it, girls.

by Anonymousreply 3307/24/2013

"Sweeney Todd", of course.

by Anonymousreply 107/24/2013


by Anonymousreply 207/24/2013

The King & I

by Anonymousreply 307/24/2013

Seriously, Oklahoma because it was a gamechanger. Facetiously, I'll go with 'the girl in the thunderbird'.

by Anonymousreply 407/24/2013

huh? Who?

Are they the people who wrote My Funny Valentine? I like that song

by Anonymousreply 507/24/2013

Carousel or South Pacific.

by Anonymousreply 607/24/2013

r5, you're half right.

by Anonymousreply 707/24/2013

Puleeeeeeez, Cinderella.

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by Anonymousreply 907/24/2013

South Pacific. Absofuckinglutely.

by Anonymousreply 1007/24/2013


Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 1107/24/2013

Cinderfella. Jerry Lewis's best role ever.

by Anonymousreply 1207/24/2013

Hammerstein- Showboat

Rodgers- Victory at Sea

by Anonymousreply 1307/24/2013

You also spelled "Rodgers" wrong, OP. Bad start.

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by Anonymousreply 1607/24/2013

OK, why did the post of "No Frills" disappear?

by Anonymousreply 1707/24/2013

That would be South Pacific

by Anonymousreply 1807/24/2013

Just say "Original Soundtrack", OP. Nothing gets theatre queens panties in a wad faster than that saying.

by Anonymousreply 1907/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2007/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2107/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2207/24/2013

Goddamn...nobody's mentioned sound of music? They made "edelweiss" seem like a credible Austrian national anthem...brilliant!

by Anonymousreply 2307/24/2013

P.s. I could not get through Oklahoma starting Mr Jackson. I found it incredibly dated and boring.

by Anonymousreply 2407/24/2013

Goddamnit... Mr Jackman.

by Anonymousreply 2507/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2607/24/2013

Flower Drum Song, for fuck's sake!

by Anonymousreply 2707/24/2013

Nice one, R13. Victory at Sea is pretty damn good.

by Anonymousreply 2807/24/2013

The movie version of The Sound of Music.

by Anonymousreply 2907/24/2013

But nothing gets dated faster than a R&H book.

Carousel: "Beat me up, Billy, I like it!"


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.

by Anonymousreply 3007/24/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 3107/24/2013

Most say it is Carousel. Personally, I prefer South pacific.

by Anonymousreply 3207/24/2013

All serious people prefer Rodgers and Hart.

by Anonymousreply 3307/24/2013
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