The American musical reached maturity on March 31, 1943, with the premiere of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's debut collaboration, Oklahoma! Never before had a show's score, libretto, and choreography been so united in storytelling. The results were sensational. Starring Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, and Celeste Holm, Oklahoma!was also the first musical immortalized in an original cast album, allowing listeners to relive the magic of "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Kansas City," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Pore Jud Is Daid" (an alternate take is included) and the foot-stompin' title tune. This is a classic recording as well as a timeless work of art.