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The Best Rodgers and Hammerstein II Show 

Which is the Best Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical?
Oklahoma! 8%  8%  [ 3 ]
Carousel 28%  28%  [ 10 ]
The King and I 17%  17%  [ 6 ]
Cinderella 11%  11%  [ 4 ]
Flower Drum Song 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Me and Juliet 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
South Pacific 17%  17%  [ 6 ]
State Fair 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Allegro 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
The Sound of Music 17%  17%  [ 6 ]
Total votes : 36

The Best Rodgers and Hammerstein II Show 
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I think that South Pacific has an excellent book, but it gets a little slow at times. I voted for Carousel... the first time I cried after seeing a musical. The book is good. I love the line (which actually stolen from Liliom) about being hit so hard and never feeling it. And the score is okay... some songs really bother me (ie "June is Busting Out All Over"). But overall, the show is SO moving.

The Sound of Music, to me, has the potential to be this moving... I just don't know how it would be done. I mean, looking at the show from the kids' point of view. It's VERY scary... with all the nazi's and such.


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The King And I.

I don't really know why; I just really like it :lol:

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Keep in mind guys that there could be a difference between your favorite and which one you think is the best.

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I'd probably say that there should be a tie between South Pacific, King and I and Sound of Music. However, as much as eachhas its merits, I think that Sound of Music is perhaps the best-balanced...
I think it's because R&H were able to mix their key themes into one satisfying whole.


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sound of music is the LEAST balance. Hammerstien didnt even write the cript.and it hsows..its a weak book.

them usic is the least engaging and exciting of any of their scores andt he lyrics arent up to Oscar's usual standard..except how can love survive and edleweiss.

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Salome wrote:
sound of music is the LEAST balance. Hammerstien didnt even write the cript.and it hsows..its a weak book.

them usic is the least engaging and exciting of any of their scores andt he lyrics arent up to Oscar's usual standard..except how can love survive and edleweiss.


Agreed!

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I voted for Carousel, it's such a wonderful show.

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I love them all, but I think The King and I is the best. Fabulous score, beautiful (but complicated) love story, and an ending that makes me sob like a baby.

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I voted for South Pacific. I think it has both the best story (Emile De Becque is one of most interesting and best male leads of any musical in history!) and the best score (I LOVE "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," "Bali Ha'i," and "This Nearly Was Mine").

On another note, why isn't Pipe Dream included in the poll?


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I have to say Carousel. I watched the movie last year in Music class and LOVED it! I have performed in The Sound of Music when I was little and now I really don't like it as much as Carousel :D

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I think South Pacific and Carousel are the two best R&H shows.


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I give the nod to South Pacific. 2nd Carousel, 3rd King & I.

To me the story defines the show, and I think the book for SP is superb. The libreto for SP won the Pulitzer. The music is also good, but I think of all the R&H shows this is Hammerstein's masterpiece.

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