Stanley Rodgers and Mitch Hammerstein to Write “Oklahoma! Pt. 2” to Welcome Supersonics
Franchise Owner Clayton Bennett Thrilled with All the Attention
It’s a Grin-Grin Situation. When Clayton Bennett got the news about Oklahoma Pt. 2, he couldn’t stop smiling – literally.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) — In 1943, the Broadway classic Oklahoma! changed the way audiences viewed musicals in general. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were on their way to a partnership that would revolutionize the American theatre.
Now distant relatives Stanley Rodgers and Mitch Hammerstein, inspired by the move of the Seattle Supersonics to their town of Oklahoma City, have merged their talents to write Oklahoma! Part 2. Up until two weeks ago, Stanley Rodgers was a sheet metal worker in the Oklahoma City area who played piano in the group, Grits and Gravy, an Allman Brothers cover band. Hammerstein worked one week as a greeting card writer for Hallmark, but left the job to write bumper stickers.
“Admittedly, we’re talking mediocre talent at best,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. “But, given their family names, I thought it might be a nice idea.”
Stanley Rodgers is the bastard son of Richard Rodgers late third cousin, Harry Rodgers. And Mitch Hammerstein is the fourth adopted child of Tony Hammerstein, the half brother of Oscar Hammerstein.
Clayton Bennett, owner of the Supersonics franchise and the man responsible for moving the club from Seattle to Oklahoma City, is elated a new musical based on his team is being written.
“I’m thrilled,” said Bennett. “I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s writing sessions. Needless to say, it’s been interesting.”
Bennett claims that there’s already been some infighting between the duo and some heavy drinking. Rodgers inability to find the sophisticated jazz chords and innovative changes his great uncle was famous for has frustrated him. This fact, coupled with the inane and clumsy lyrics of Hammerstein has put undue pressure on the team.
“You can tell Hammerstein is having difficulty breaking away from his bumper sticker roots,” said Bennett. “I was particularly struck by his homage to the opening number from their predecessor’s masterpiece. I’m paraphrasing of course, but I believe it went ‘Oh, what a beautiful slam dunk. Oh, what a beautiful play. And if you’re reading this lyric, you’re too close, so please go away.’”
“There’s much work to be done,” said Oklahoma City councilman Orville “Six-Shooter” Masterson. “The show opens in November. Somehow the Sonics players need to be worked into the show in cameos as well as large song and dance routines. Of course it has to be done in a way that won’t compromise their masculine image. After all, show tunes in general have historically been associated with homosexuals. This is the Bible Belt, so we need to be careful. But I’m hopeful after hearing their tip of the cap to The Surrey with the Fringe on Top. I believe it was called The Pickup Truck with the Gun Rack on the Roof. Now that’s what I call music.”
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