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punctuation in show titles#1
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:12pm
I was looking at musicals of the sixties, and one thing I noticed is that the titles were full of exclamation points. Just in that decade, you had:

Hello, Dolly!
Hallelujah, Baby!
Oliver!
George M!
Carnival!
Wait a Minim!

Plus at least two that, not satisfied with one, went to two exclamation points:
I Do! I Do!
Oh! Calcutta!

...and that's just drawn from the most famous and/or most successful ones. I'm sure there are many more. It's like Broadway spent the entire decade shouting at its audience.

I suspect the first example of this was Oklahoma!, but this is based on no research whatsoever.

Anyhow, what other shows can you name with unusual punctuation in their titles? Question marks, slashes, hyphens, quotation marks, parentheses, brackets (though I suspect that [title of show] may be the sole example there), ampersands (rather than using the word "and"), semicolons, ellipses, dollar signs, mathematical symbols, or anything you can think of. The more unusual the better.

Don't bother with: colons (too common), commas (ditto), apostrophes (which I consider spelling, rather than punctuation).

And if this has been covered in a previous thread, my apologies. (Though I did do a search.)
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re: punctuation in show titles#2
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:18pm
Carnival used an exclamation point? Really? Seems odd.

But right now, I'm drawing a blank. But this will plague me.
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re: punctuation in show titles#2
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:19pm
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re: punctuation in show titles#3
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:19pm
Caroline, or Change
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re: punctuation in show titles#4
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:23pm
And the World Goes 'Round
Do I Hear a Waltz?
Li'l Abner
Summer of '42
Swing!

apostrophes (which I consider spelling, rather than punctuation).

It's still punctuation.
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re: punctuation in show titles#5
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:24pm
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re: punctuation in show titles#6
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:29pm
And the World Goes 'Round

Can anyone explain the punctuation there? It's always bothered me. And the World Goes Around?
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re: punctuation in show titles#7
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:41pm
What exactly do you mean, morosco?

The apostrophe takes the place of the A.
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re: punctuation in show titles#8
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:45pm
Is And the World Goes Around grammatically correct?
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re: punctuation in show titles#9
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:47pm
Fiorello! is another one.
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re: punctuation in show titles#10
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:51pm
CAROLINE, OR CHANGE was the first one that came to mind, love the comma in the title.
There's also I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE.
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re: punctuation in show titles#11
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:54pm
do the brackets in [title of show] count?
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re: punctuation in show titles#12
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:56pm
tick, tick...BOOM!

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman!

Uptown...It's Hot!

If you ever leave me...I'm going with you!

(I am apparently all about the ellipses and exclamation points today.)
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re: punctuation in show titles#13
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:57pm
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re: punctuation in show titles#14
Posted: 3/9/08 at 7:57pm
Zanna, DON'T!


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re: punctuation in show titles#15
Posted: 3/9/08 at 8:02pm
Oklahoma!
Grease!
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re: punctuation in show titles#16
Posted: 3/9/08 at 8:10pm
Oliver!
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re: punctuation in show titles#17
Posted: 3/9/08 at 8:27pm
Oh, Brother!
Oh, Boy
Oh, Captain!
Oh, Look!
Oh, Please
Oh Coward!
Oh, My Dear!
Oh, Kay!

(Oh, KayohKayOoooHKay...)

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re: punctuation in show titles#18
Posted: 3/9/08 at 8:44pm
One of the thing that annoys me about I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is all of the punctuations! But I just saw the show for the first time last Sunday and LOVED IT!
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re: punctuation in show titles#19
Posted: 3/9/08 at 8:48pm
Urinetown, The Musical
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re: punctuation in show titles#20
Posted: 3/9/08 at 8:55pm
Do accents count?
Les Misérables
The Big Voice:God or Merman?
Bye Bye, Birdie
Stop the World, I Wanna Get Off!

Edited thanks to Ourtime992, who pointed out my mistake...
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re: punctuation in show titles#21
Posted: 3/9/08 at 8:56pm
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re: punctuation in show titles#22
Posted: 3/9/08 at 9:01pm
Actually, I don't believe Bye Bye Birdie has a comma, though grammatically it should.
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re: punctuation in show titles#23
Posted: 3/9/08 at 9:18pm
Boeing-Boeing
Is He Dead?
Naked Boys Singing!
Rock 'n' Roll
Tony n' Tina's Wedding
Cry-Baby

"I mean, sitting side by side with another man watching Patti LuPone play Rose in GYPSY on Broadway is essentially the equivalent of having hardcore sex." -Wanna Be A Foster. "Say 'Goody.' Say 'Bubbi.'" ... "That's it. Exactly as if it were 'Goody.' Now I know you're gonna sing 'Goody' this time, but nevertheless..."
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re: punctuation in show titles#24
Posted: 3/9/08 at 9:38pm
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