Oklahoma! by BringMoreLegos

Champion(s):

WinchellV
Learning is hard, but knowing is fun.


Runner(s)-Up:

ChernicoffS
God help America.


Quiz Description

74 years ago today, the musical Oklahoma! opened in New York City, and oh, what a beautiful evening it was. Considered by most to be the first modern book musical, it ushered in the Golden Age of Broadway and remains a milestone of the 20th century performing arts. Here are twelve questions to celebrate this great American masterpiece.

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Questions:

The source material for Oklahoma! is a rarely-produced play by Lynn Riggs, named after what old Irish-American folk song (one probably best known now as a false etymology for the term gringo)?

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GREEN GROW THE LILACS

Though the Tony Awards did not yet exist in the early 1940s, Oklahoma! authors Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II would go on to win a few. What was the name of any one of their three works to win Best Musical?

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SOUTH PACIFIC or THE KING AND I or THE SOUND OF MUSIC

What legal status does the musical's title song hold, unique among all works written for the Broadway stage (though to be fair, it is the most obvious candidate for this distinction)?

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OFFICIAL STATE SONG

What titan of dance and member of a famous showbiz family choreographed both the original stage production and the film adaptation of Oklahoma!, including its memorable "dream ballet"?

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AGNES DE MILLE

What actor portrayed Curly in the 1998 West End production, earning an Olivier Award nomination, just before landing the breakout film role that he would continue to play until "retiring" from the franchise in 2017?

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HUGH JACKMAN

The role of Laurey in the 1955 film adaptation of Oklahoma! went to what then-unknown actress, who would go on to star in the musical films Carousel and The Music Man before her memorable turn as the widowed matriarch of a talented 1970s TV clan?

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SHIRLEY JONES

Despite musicals' (often unfair) reputation as light entertainment, Oklahoma! has many darker moments, including what black comedy song in which the protagonist tells his rival to commit suicide in order to obtain the love and appreciation he could not find in life? Hammerstein's idiosyncratic spelling not required.

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PORE JUD IS DAID

In the song "All er Nuthin'" with Will Parker, Ado Annie keeps to the rhyme scheme and compares herself to what creature when prompted to be "standoffish"?

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CRAWFISH

The practice of releasing original Broadway cast recordings began with the Oklahoma! album released by what enterprising label, whose name was created by swapping in a new initial consonant for a major world city?

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DECCA RECORDS

A parody titled Ducklahoma!, featuring such characters as Plucky, Shirley, Elmyra, and Hamton, along with an arguably excessive number of falling anvils, appeared in an episode of what early 1990s television series?

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TINY TOON ADVENTURES

The St. James Theatre, where Oklahoma! debuted and which still operates as a Broadway house, is the elaborately filmed location of what 2014 movie set during a fictional production of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?

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BIRDMAN

Oklahoma!, Groundhog Day, and the episodes "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" of Gilmore Girls and "Charity Drive" of Arrested Development all include plot points centered around what quirky community event?

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BACHELOR / BACHELORETTE AUCTION (various synonyms accepted)