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'Porgy and Bess'

Was this work by DuBose Heyward and George and Ira Gershwin an opera or a musical, a serious work or a patronizing minstrel show? Deeply divided critics asked similar questions

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'Oklahoma!'

Jeff Lunden tells the story of "Oklahoma!" The musical, which premiered in 1943, and was expected to flop. But it didn't.

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