Oklahomais a musical written by the composers Richard Rodgers and OscarHammerstein II. It is founded on the 1931 play “Green Grow theLilacs,” done by Lynn Riggs. The show affected many Americans,especially since it was the first actual, contemporary, andintegrated musical. The dance, acting, costumes, and setting areinterwoven appropriately to impact on the audience. As such, thispaper will give an in-depth analysis of the musical regarding theacting, singing, costumes, and overall staging. It will also outlinemy rationale on the attractiveness of the show.
Iliked the musical due to the different aspects it entailed. One ofthe striking things about this musical is the interweaving property.Singing, acting, and costumes are interleaved to form an enticingshow piece for the audience. The tempo is lively and upbeat, makingone feel as if he/she is watching. Though the plot seems to bepredictable, it depicted an upbeat way which audience were not usedto seeing. The music in this piece is utilized in a clever way toform part of the dialogue. In most cases, songs are only used to keepthe viewer entertained.
Whenan audience seems to be bored, then music is introduced to keep themlively and extinguish the boredom. Nevertheless, Oklahoma utilizesthe music for a different purpose. Apart from keeping the audienceentertained, music is used to tell the tales of the differentcharacters. For example, most of the characters were presented duringthe songs. Apart from that, the players would utilize the songs tospeak for themselves or other characters within the musical. As such,songs were used to express the character’s feelings about eachother. Additionally, it allowed the story to continue smoothly.
Beforethe Oklahoma musical, Broadway was continually diminishing. Thismusical provided a fresh beginning in this industry and true to itswords, it met the anticipated target. I like this musical because itcreated a new beginning for the musical area. When other musicalswere failing, and the audience was continuously bored due to lack ofcreativity, Oklahoma changed everything. Just like a rebirth, themusical integrates newer techniques to make the show entertaining andworth watching for the viewers. The fact that the musical took adifferent approach to the conventional methods makes it even moreenticing. As stated above, the conventional methods were becomingannoying, and the audience was used to the different elements.Nevertheless, Oklahoma revitalized the musical incorporating noveltechniques. Though risky, it proved to be a success.
Synchronizationof the constituents of the musical into a single entity is aninteresting facet. In many plays, singers would sing before goinginto their different dances. However, in this musical, they areinterwoven. The dances are exquisite rightly providing a mix offeelings. The dance also enables a viewer to feel the charactersvisually. In other words, they create a sense, or rather a visualaspect that draws the viewer. Through the expression of feelings andmovement of dances, the viewers can experience fear, guilt, love, orhate alongside the casts on stage.
Evidently,separating music and dance or songs make the audience lose theirattention. Sometimes, the dances did not correspond to the storylineheightening the boredom. However, with the Oklahoma, these aspectsare used concurrently, and the viewers can find logic in the dance.Separating the dance from the storyline makes it lose its meaning. Ilike the fact that this musical incorporates dances within the play.Apart from providing excitement, it gives meaning, furthers the plot,and assist the viewers to comprehend an individual entirely.
Thecostumes are rather befitting to the storyline. In many traditionalmusicals, matching the costumes with the different characters has notbeen attractive. However, Oklahoma manages to capture the attentionof the audience through their costumes. They are stunningly designedand comprises all the main characters. The play also benefits fromhigh-quality casts. The lead actors are excellent and probably thebest among the musical personalities. From the instant, he steps onstage with the "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," Hugh Jackmanportrays a fascinating hero. He exemplifies similar cocky audacitythat has described Curly for many years, but also balances it withsome healthy doses of bitterness, sensitivity, and anxiety. HensleyJud then depicts a sad and pitiful being and slowly shows the intenserage within him.
Thelady who comes between the two Gabrielle expertly balances betweencleverness and naivety through a clear and beautiful soprano. AuntEller played by Maureen Lipman propels the musical even further. Sheis wise like her years, tender like the sunset, and hard as her life.She is the moral compass of the story. As such, these characters makethe musical quite enticing for the audience. The story settingremains straightforward and easy to follow. Regardless of theOklahoma’s status, it still portrays the aspects entailed in manyother musicals that present an America that did not exist. Life inthe Indian Territory is not as idyllic as the musical suggests.Nevertheless, it was what the audience needed to move from thetraditional musicals.
Mamoulian, R. (Director). (1999). Oklahoma [Motion Picture].