1.2 Oklahoma!


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This week, we launch our Season 1 tour through some of the major musicals of Richard Rodgers (1902-79) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1865-1965), who are often credited with pioneering the “integrated musical” that largely defined the great musicals of the mid-20th century. In Oklahoma! (1943), we talk about:

  • Definitions of “the land” and who occupies it
  • The cultural impact that Oklahoma! had, and how it reinvented the Broadway musical
  • The hidden history of Oklahoma, “Indian Territory,” and the queerer, darker history of what lies underneath the surface of a deliberately white-washed world
  • Rene Girard, James Allison, and the theological underpinnings of the scapegoating narrative

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