Sing Out, Sister: Broadway Musicals Through a Hollywood Lens-Oklahoma! (1955)

Filmmakers have always turned to Broadway for inspiration and story ideas. And producing song and dance numbers for film is as old as sound recording on film itself – beginning with the movie The Jazz Singer in 1927. Fresh City Life takes a fresh look at four classic films – all stage hits interpreted by Hollywood for mass film audiences.

Oklahoma! (1955)

Directed by Fred Zinneman. Starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones.
No American musical has captured the ideals of westward expansion and manifest destiny like Oklahoma! Arguably, the finest stage production created by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein, it loses nothing in the translation to celluloid. If anything, a huge Oklahoma sky, as big as the dreams of the main characters, fits more perfectly on a movie screen. See this classic musical on the big screen! 145 minutes. Not rated.

Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

http://denverlibrary.org/fresh

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  • Trish

    Our Fresh City Film cohorts, Chris and Judith, are going to dish about meeting Shirley Jones at the TCM film festival and some tidbits she has shared about the production.

    April 24, 2014

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