"She had a very clear, strong, classic musical-theater voice that never needed microphones," Miles Kreuger, president of the Los Angeles-based Institute of the American Musical, told The Times on Wednesday.
, who saw the original Broadway production, said the character of Laurey "is rather self-centered, not the sweetest girl in the world.
playing two boys against each other, and the reward is which one will have the opportunity to take her
to a box social.
That's the essence of the plot of 'Oklahoma!'"
as a historic show, Kreuger
said it "was a turning point in the development of the modern American musical in that songs always grew out of character and situation."