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About the Play
Since the opening of OKLAHOMA! in New York in the Spring of 1943, millions have seen and applauded the genius of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II. The show is a classic which revitalized the whole of the musical comedy world . Through the years many honors have been showered upon OKLAHOMA! and upon its authors, including a special Pulitzer Prize Award and countless other prizes. Possibly the greatest and certainly the most unusual came to the Rodgers and Hammerstein work in 1953 when the legislature of the State of Oklahoma passed a bill to officially adopt the song "Oklahoma" as it anthem.
This year as in others, we of the MASQUE continue to present to you, our audience, the finest in theatrical fare. It is the hope of the MASQUE that you enjoy and cherish the fruits of our work as much as we enjoy presenting them to you, and we wish for you that every day will bring with it a "Beautiful Morning."
Theatre and Performance Studies
La Salle College, "Oklahoma!" (1957). The Masque Programs. 95.