Something Wonderful: Top Ten Songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein
01 Feb 2014
8. "Oklahoma" from Oklahoma!
Rodgers & Hammerstein's groundbreaking first collaboration, Oklahoma!, set a new standard for book musicals, where the songs and dances were integral to the plot and character development. This goal was so fully realized in Oklahoma! that I could have selected any of its songs for this list. Ultimately, I chose the title number because of its irresistible verve, which is the perfect embodiment of the uniquely American pioneering spirit.