WASHINGTON, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, MARCH 31: THE MUSICAL "OKLAHOMA!"
Profile America -- Thursday, March 31st. One of the most popular musicals in U.S. theater history opened on this date in 1943 at the St. James Theater on Broadway -- "Oklahoma!" The production, written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, became the first to run for more than 2,000 performances. It then went on the road for 10 years, and through the decades has been a favorite for high school production. "Oklahoma!" is considered important because it was the first musical to integrate songs, music, characters, and plot into a single emotional structure. In 1953, the title song became the official song of the state of Oklahoma. Each year, close to 40 new productions open on Broadway. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, 195
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1233
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau