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Hammerstein was probably the best " book writer " in Broadway history – he made the story, not the songs or the stars, central to the musical and brought musical theater to full maturity as an art form.
According to Stephen Sondheim, " What few people understand is that Oscar's big contribution to the theater was as a theoretician, as a Peter Brook, as an innovator.
People don't understand how experimental Show Boat and Oklahoma!
felt at the time they were done.
Oscar is not about the ' lark that is learning to pray ' – that's easy to make fun of.
He's about Allegro.

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