When "Oklahoma!" the musical opened on Broadway March 31, 1943, many thought it was doomed. It was Richard Rogers' first collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein II and the pre-buzz about the musical, previously titled "Away We Go", said it had no chance.
From its opening, it struck a chord with audiences and set a Broadway record of 2,212 performances before closing 15 years later.
Here's a video of Hugh Jackman (swoon!) singing the title song. He's gorgeous but needs to work on that Okie accent.