First printing of the hit musical in book form, the first collaboration of the great American theater duo Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Very good plus in good plus jacket.
"OKLAHOMA! has long been regarded as so monumentally important to the history of the American stage musical that in some surveys it is treated as the very linchpin of the genre." – Elizabeth L. Wollman
This book was published with photographs of the original cast the same year as the debut of the play, which would become one of the most beloved musicals in the history of Broadway with songs like "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and "People Will Say We're in Love." Based on the 1931 novel GREEN GROW THE LILACS by Native American writer Lynn Riggs, the musical adaptation won a special Pulitzer Prize for the arts in 1944. The bright dust jacket design is based on the advertising posters for the original Broadway production. Published in the midst of wartime paper rationing, it's a very scarce title in presentable condition.
Read more: Elizabeth L. Wollman, A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical; Katherine K. Preston and Nicholas Everett, The Cambridge Companion to the Musical.
New York: Random House, (1943). 8'' x 5.25''. Original full cream cloth, image of boots stamped in blue and red on front board, spines stamped in blue and red. Original price-clipped three-color printed pictorial brown dust jacket. Photographic frontispiece and four full-page plates of the original Broadway production. , 146 pages. Former owner name effaced on front free endpaper. Front jacket fold fully split and other folds splitting, topstain a rather faded: unusual to have this much of the jacket intact.
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