>> Saturday, November 29, 2008
Being from Oklahoma, I'm just a bit partial to the Rogers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!. And my favorite "Curly" has always been, (and probably always will be), Gordon MacRae. With those silky-smooth portamenti, and that Hollywood Okie twang, he makes me melt every time. When I starred in a stage production of Oklahoma!, years ago, as "Laurie", I was sorely disappointed that my "Curly" couldn't live up to my standards, set by Gordon MacRae. (Poor guy. But then, I probably didn't measure up to Shirley Jones either!)
Featured here in one of my favorite scenes from Rogers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! are Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, and the incomparable Charlotte Greenwood as "Aunt Eller".