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Post Expendable R&H Songs
I recently heard a historian say that you can't take any song out of a R&H show without hurting the story. This thread is a challenge of sorts to that statement. What R&H songs do you think are unnecessary from a story point of view? Don't just list songs you don't care for. Here's my list:

-A Real Nice Clambake
-I Have Dreamed
-Bloody Mary
-Many a New Day
-My Favorite Things (excluding its place in the 1965 film)
-Shall I Tell You What I Think of You

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Post Re: Expendable R&H Songs
I totally DISAGREE with your saying Many a New Day and Shall I Tell You What I think of You are expendable.
both are important to the leading ladie's persoana and character development for the audience.and Bloody Mary introduces the seabees with a good sense of energy. plus it works great when the song opens the show instead of the "dite moi" song.

my pick..
Like a God
Grant Ave (even though i adore the song)

My Favorite Things
Lonely Goatheard
16 Going on 17

I have Dreamed (even though its a better song than We Kiss in a Shadow)

Stepsister's Lament

Suzy is a good thing




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Post Re: Expendable R&H Songs
Apples2for10 wrote:
I recently heard a historian say that you can't take any song out of a R&H show without hurting the story. This thread is a challenge of sorts to that statement. What R&H songs do you think are unnecessary from a story point of view? Don't just list songs you don't care for. Here's my list:

-A Real Nice Clambake
-I Have Dreamed
-Bloody Mary
-Many a New Day
-My Favorite Things (excluding its place in the 1965 film)
-Shall I Tell You What I Think of You


Well, I do agree about Bloody Mary and Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You.

Most of the songs from The Sound of Music could go without causing any plot problems. And much as I like it, I Enjoy Being A Girl from Flower Drum Song. Kansas City wouldn't hurt Oklahoma if it wasn't there. And that song that Mr Frake sings to the hog in State Fair (I know it is only in the Pat Boone film, but still ...).

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Post Re: Expendable R&H Songs
Almost all the songs from Flower Drum Song.


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Post Re: Expendable R&H Songs
While most musical theater teachers will tell you the great thing about R&H is how every song and dance relates to the plot, not everything is really essential. In fact, they wrote some of the songs (one of them is All Er Nuttin' from Oklahoma! I believe) just to cover up a scene change behind the curtain!


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