OCarter's book is full of new and very significant and exciting discoveries, many of which contradict firmly entrenched mythologies, half truths, and even fascinating calculated falsehoods."-Geoffrey Block, General Editor, Yale Broadway Masters, and author of Richard Rodgers "This is the first serious study of Sigmund Romberg and is an important and original contribution to the study of musical theater. nbsp;nbsp; Everett explores the music-and the context in which it was first presented-in a careful and thorough manner."- Thomas S. Hischak, author of The Oxford Companion to American Theatre Oklahoma!premiered on Broadway in 1943 under the auspices of the Theatre Guild, and today it is performed more frequently than any other Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. In this book Tim Carter offers the first fully documented history of the making of this celebrated American musical. nbsp; Drawing on research from rare theater archives, manuscripts, journalism, and other sources, Carter records every step in the development of Oklahoma! The book is filled with rich and fascinating details about how Rodgers and Hammerstein first came together, the casting process, how Agnes de Mille became the show's choreographer, and the drafts and revisions that ultimately gave the musical its final shape. Carter also shows the lofty aspirations of both the creators and producers and the myth making that surrounded Oklahoma! from its very inception, and demonstrates just what made it part of its times.