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One of the landmark musicals in Broadway history had its first out-of-town tryout in New Haven with another title. What was the musical and what was the original title?

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"Oklahoma!", Rodgers and Hammerstein's first musical collaboration, opened at New Haven's Shubert Theater on March 11, 1943 with the title "Away We Go!"...

 

 

The first title given to the work was Away We Go! which opened for out-of-town-tryouts in New Haven's Shubert Theatre on March 11, 1943.[13] Expectations for the show were low; Hammerstein had written six flops in a row, and the show had no star power. Producer Mike Todd walked out after the first act during the tryout and wisecracked ?No legs, no jokes, no chance.?[11] But Rodgers and Hammerstein were confident. The New Haven audiences and then Boston critics were enthusiastic. Only a few changes were made before it opened on Broadway, but two would prove significant: the addition of the show-stopping musical number, Oklahoma! and the decision to retitle the musical after that number.

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These 2 starred in a film together. When she was offered the leading role in her own TV show almost 10 years after the film they did together, he advised her against working in TV. She didn't take his advice. The show turned out to be a huge hit and long running comedy series for her. Name the actor and actress, the film they were in together and the TV show. ????

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Yes. BL advised Shirley against taking the role, she obviously didn't take his advice.He felt TV was a step down for her. Ha! Probably Hazel is what she is best known for. Your thread, finance.

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Paul Whiteman was the most popular bandleader in the U.S. in the 1920s. Who arguably was the most popular bandleader in the U.S. in the early 1930s?

 

Edited by: finance on Nov 9, 2012 4:26 PM

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For various reasons, none of the three is a good answer. (Goodman, e.g. had not made his mark by the early '30s)

 

 

Hint: There were people who were associated with Whiteman who became associated with this bandleader.

 

 

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Wild stab here...

 

 

 

BEN POLLACK?

 

 

 

Sepiatone

 

Edited by: Sepiatone on Nov 10, 2012 8:56 PM

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No, no, and no

 

 

Hint: There was a singing group, one of whom would become famous, that appeared with Paul Whiteman, then appeared with this guy.

 

 

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Finance, when you say that someone is arguably more popular than someone else, you're setting yourself up for a lot of different answers from folks with different opinions. I think you're referring to Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra. They were the house band at the Cocoanut Grove in the late twenties and early thirties. Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys decided to leave Paul Whiteman and stay in California. They joined Arnheim's group, who had been mainly a west coast band. The band started getting more national radio broadcasts and Bing's recording and movie career took off. Here they are.

 

 

 

And here is a very interesting clip with many stars of the day. See how many you recognize.

 

 

 

 

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I think Miles is on to something. If perhaps, someone asks about the "most prolific songwriter", most here would come up with, in "movie" songwriting, those names the general public would instantly recognize. Like Rogers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, George and Ira Gershwin and the like, and not even think about Harry Warren, who wrote probably more songs for movies than the aforementioned together. In just music in general, they'd likely respond with Sammy Cahn or even Bob Dylan maybe, and never get around to John D. Loudermilk.

 

 

And Whiteman's popularity started to wane in the early 30's, which means he STILL could have held that title at that time.

 

 

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I never claimed this was the greatest question in the world, but I've seen the statement that Arnhiem was the most popular bandleader of the early '30s. I asked the question because he is almost forgotten today. Miles gets the thread.

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