It’s a coincidence that my fifth-favorite Broadway musical happens to coincide with my arrival in that very state: Oklahoma! (with an exclamation mark, please). The Rodgers and Hammerstein play opened in 1943 and ran for 2,243 performances. The movie, from which these clips are taken, was made in 1950, and won Oscars for Best Music and Best Sound.
The musical starred Shirley Jones (in her film debut) and Gordon MacRae. Here’s a medley of four great songs from the movie, “Oh what a beautiful mornng,” “The surrey with the fringe on top,” “People will say we’re in love,” and, of course, “Oklahoma!”
Speaking of Oklahoma, this is what greeted me in my hotel room yesterday: a Gideon Bible and a prayer that was on a card placed on the bed.
The prayer begins:
Because this hotel is a human institution to serve people,
and not a solely for profit organization,
we hope that God will grant you peace and rest
while you are under our roof.
I’m not in Chicago any more!
But that was more than offset by dinner at Rudy’s BBQ, thanks to UO professor and conference organizer Ingo Schlupp and his student Uli, who took pity on my carless state and ferried me there from the hotel. Creditable barbecue: brisket with fried okra, potato salad and, of course, sweet iced tea.