'Oklahoma!' at 75: Has the musical withstood the test of time? Print Email Email to a friend Your email Your name Friend's email Friend's name Verification Please prove your humanity Go on prove it :) Close Related Articles Metamorphosis: How a visual artist became an opera designer Artist-come-designer Mark Thompson has created the sets and costumes for Opera Australia’s new production ‘Metamorphosis’, based on Kafka’s iconic novel Review: TheatreiNQ's The Comedy of Errors Townsville’s theatre company scores a hit with a western themed outdoor Shakespearean offering. Review: Benjamin Grosvenor in Recital Fresh verve matched with exceptional virtuosity. On the move: the latest appointments and resignations New Australia Council First Nations Manager, co-directorships for Aphids announced, new Exec Director for Co3, and other appointments. (Premium content) Premium content Ryan Raul Bañagale Tuesday 8 May, 2018 With a new production of the musical opening soon, it's time to ask: Whose America did 'Oklahoma!' depict? And is the musical’s vision of the USA relevant today? This content is only available to members of ArtsHub Join Now for instant access! A subscription to ArtsHub will enable you to: Access the most comprehensive jobs board for the arts sector, with hundreds of positions posted weekly Keep up to date with the latest industry news Access thousands of members-only features, articles and guides Be in the know with upcoming events and exhibitions added daily Learn how and where to get grants, with the most extensive grant finder ... and much, much more. Join Now and join the Australian arts community today A still from the restored print of Fred Zinnemann's 1955 film Oklahoma!, based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Member login Email address Password Forgot password? About the author Ryan Raul Bañagale is an Assistant Professor of music at Colorado College where he offers classes on a range of American music topics, including musical theatre, jazz, popular music, folk music, and media studies. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University with support from the American Musicological Society’s AMS-50 and Howard Mayer Brown Fellowships. His first book, "Arranging Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and the Creation of an American Icon" (Oxford University Press, 2014), focuses on the ongoing—and surprising—life of Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue over the course of the 90 years since its inception. He currently sits on the editorial board of the George Gershwin Critical Edition and will be editing at least three separate arrangements of Rhapsody in Blue. His research also appears in journals such as Jazz Perspectives and the Journal of the Society For American Music.