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Enchanted EveningsThe Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim$
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Geoffrey Block

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.001.0001

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Carousel: The Invasion of the Integrated Musical

Carousel: The Invasion of the Integrated Musical

(p.159) Chapter Eight Carousel: The Invasion of the Integrated Musical
Enchanted Evenings

Geoffrey Block

Oxford University Press

As early as the 1920s Rodgers strove to create musicals in which songs were thoroughly integrated into a dramatic whole. In his finest efforts with Hart, including On Your Toes and Pal Joey, and in his first collaboration with Hammerstein, Oklahoma!, Rodgers often succeeded in making the songs flow naturally from the dialogue and express character. But it was not until Carousel that Rodgers created a thoroughly unified musical score which also achieved a truly convincing coordination (i.e., integration) between music and dramatic action.

Keywords:   Broadway musicals, musical theater, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, music, dramatic action

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