Today I discovered this interesting interview with Stephen Sondheim which I’d like to share. He has many references to Oscar Hammerstein II. Hope you enjoy it.
“Interview: Stephen Sondheim”. Academy of Achievement.
Retrieved 2010-05-08. “People underestimate what [Hammerstein] did in the way of musical theater. He was primarily an experimental writer, and what he was doing was marrying the traditions of opera and American musical comedy, using songs to tell a story that was worth telling. The first real instance of that is Show Boat, which is a watershed show in the history of musical theater, and Oklahoma!, which is innovative in different ways . . . . Now, because of the success of Oklahoma!, and subsequent shows, most musical theater now tells stories through songs. But that was not true prior to 1943, the year of Oklahoma!”