"She knew all the show hits, Cole Porter and Kurt Weill; especially she liked the songs from Oklahoma!"

Cole Porter's "Night and Day" by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers:



Kurt Julian Weill (1900-1950) was a German composer. He rose to prominence in the early 1920s, with several one-act operas. Weill’s songs and musical theatre were extremely popular with the German public at the end of the 1920s and the beginning of the 1930s.  His best-known work is The Threepenny Opera (1928), written in collaboration with Bertolt Brecht As a prominent and popular Jewish composer, Weill was denounced for his populist views by the Nazi government, and fled Germany in 1933.  He moved to Paris, then London, and later to the US.  In the 1940s he lived in New York and made frequent trips to Hollywood for his work for theatre and film.


Oklahoma! was the first musical written by duo Rodgers and Hammerstein.  It is based on a 1931 play by Lynn Riggs.  Set in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. The original Broadway production opened in 1943, and was a huge success.  It ran for almost 2,500 performances, and was made into a movie in 1955.