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Anna Leonowenss (Laura Michelle Kelly) teaches the Royal Children (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at DPAC Looks and Sounds Gorgeous, But Its Racial Stereotypes Are Troubling in 2017

In April 2017, the Twitterverse exploded with outrage when Pepsi® created a socially tone-deaf TV ad in which Kendall Jenner seemingly solved the pandemic of police brutality by handing a police officer a soda. People cried “Wasn’t there a meeting? Did no one suggest that this might be offensive? Am I the only one paying… Read More ›

Sunny Smith, Elliot Lane, and Lynda Clark star as Laurey, Curly, and Aunt Eller in Temple Theatre's presentation of "Oklahoma!" (photo by Peggy Taphorn)

Temple Theatre’s Rendition of the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical “Oklahoma!” Is a Hit

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II came together in 1941 and broke the mold of American Musical Theater with Oklahoma!, by reversing the process and writing the lyrics first and then the music. As it turned out, that also meant the songs bore partial responsibility for telling the story, rather than breaking away from it,… Read More ›