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Whatta they got in "Omaha!" that they never have in other musicals?

Omaha! is a recorded musical comedy with book, lyrics and music by Stan Freberg. Originally a six-minute, 38-second radio commercial for the Butter-Nut Coffee Company of Omaha, the original cast recording was issued on an EP in 1958.

The plot is simple: Biff (Freberg) loves Julie (Frances Osborne), and Julie loves Omaha, but their tender duets of love (for each other and for the town) are interrupted by Eustace K. Butter-Nut (Byron Kane), the only man ever to leave Omaha.

The musical numbers include an overture, four songs and a last-act finale, which is impressive for a show only ten minutes long.

Tracklist (9:33 minutes)

Side One

  1. "Overture"
  2. "Whatta They Got In Omaha?"
  3. "Omaha Moon"
  4. "Omaha"

Side Two

  1. "I Look In Your Face"
  2. "Reprise"

These tropes can be found in Omaha!:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The EP version eliminates the Butter-Nut Coffee plugs from the commercial version, but also adds a few minutes of new material, including an additional song ("I Look in Your Face").
  • Arc Words: The word "Omaha".
  • Crowd Song: People in Omaha are cursed to hold their hands up in the air and sing choruses.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The album cover is in black-and-white.
  • Face on the Cover: Freberg is pictured between the crowd.
  • Jingle: The reprise finale of the radio commercial:
    Whatta they got in Butter-Nut
    That they haven't got in other coffees?
  • Miniscule Rocking: A musical condensed under 10 minutes length.
  • No Indoor Voice: Biff and the other locals, parodying the tendency of performers on original cast albums to not tone down their theatrical projecting in the recording studio.
  • One-Word Title: "Omaha", not mentioning "Overture" and "Reprise".
  • Packaged as Other Medium: The cover is done in the style of a Broadway musical album, but is in fact a parody of it.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Omaha!" is obviously a take-off of Oklahoma!
  • Questioning Title?: "Whatta They Got In Omaha?"
  • Reprise Medley: The finale is made up of several earlier songs with different lyrics—in particular, singing "Butter-Nut" instead of "Omaha."
  • Sdrawkcab Name:
    • Saying Butter-Nut's name backwards breaks the curse on Omaha (which spelled backwards is "Ahamo!").
    • There's also a mention of Ak-Sar-Ben, the Real Life civic group in Omaha whose name is Nebraska spelled backwards.
  • Spelling Song: The Oklahoma!-like title song spells "O-M-A-H-A" at the end.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: Lampshaded: "Try to keep from bursting into song every time I ask a question, will you?"