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Carousel: The Invasion of the Integrated Musical

Geoffrey Block

in Enchanted Evenings

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167306
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0008
Carousel: The Invasion of the Integrated Musical

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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

Chapter.  6944 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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