Musical play ‘Oklahoma!’ opens on Broadway 70 years ago today (1943)

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(Wednesday, March 31, 1943)Oklahoma!, the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened today on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in New York City. Ten years later, Oklahoma! would be described as “a new musical that broke all the rules: it had no big-name stars, no bare-legged chorus and, worst of all, it contained a ‘high-brow’ ballet.”

The show went on to become Broadway’s longest-running musical up to that time, closing in 1948.

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