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Favorite R&H Overture 

Which R&H overture is your favorite?
Oklahoma! 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Carousel (waltz) 53%  53%  [ 10 ]
Allegro 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
South Pacific 26%  26%  [ 5 ]
The King and I 16%  16%  [ 3 ]
Me and Juliet 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Pipe Dream 5%  5%  [ 1 ]
Cinderella 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Flower Drum Song 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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Tony Winner
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Which Rodgers and Hammestein overture is your favorite, and why? Note that State Fair and Sound of Music lack overtures, so I am not including them on this poll (neither does Carousel, but it has the waltz, which I'm counting as an overture).

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Carosuel hands down..although King and I has a stirring one as well.

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I love the Carusel waltz, definately my favorite..... though (like Salome) I really find the overture to The King and I to be awesome too!

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I agree...The Carousel Waltz is amazing...but I also love South Pacific's and Oklahoma!'s.

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I wonder if I made a mistake by including the Carousel waltz as a choice on this poll. It seems like everybody is going to vote for that one. I would have too, except I was tired of Carousel getting all the votes, so I voted for South Pacific instead (easily my second favorite of the R&H overtures).

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I've gone for South Pacific mainly because it's the one I remember hearing first and the show had a great impact on me when I first heard it as a kid.

I was pedantic and decided to exclude Carousel on the grounds that isn't an overture - but it's really grand.

Thanks for inspiring me tho' to dig out the other recordings and listen again :)


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I voted for Carousel Waltz but I also love the overture for Oklahoma.

I really like South Pacific's but it is so LONG. or at least it seems to be.


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Oklahoma!

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The Carousel Waltz is technically the prologue to the musical...

But yeah...it totally RULES!

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Which Rodgers and Hammerstein overture is your favorite, and why?


I don't consider The Carousel Waltz to be an overture - when overtures become a part of the action of the show, then they aren't overtures any more. So while it is a phenomenal piece of music, I didn't vote for it in this poll.

I voted for the overture from The King and I. I think it's a very moving piece of music, working through some of the successive musical themes that bind the show together. The orchestration is fantastic and the temptation is there to make it too lush and soppy in some of the string sections, particularly in the "I Have Dreamed" excerpt - but played as intended with the appropriate restraint, the piece as a whole fits together like a puzzle and works like a bomb.

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In addition to the Carousel Waltz, I also like the overture to South Pacific. You can hear the weapons flying through the instruments. It's dazzling.

P.S. I was IN Oklahoma... but I don't remember what the Overture sounded like. Maybe we didn't use it :-\


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