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)
- "Whatta They Got In Omaha?"
- "Omaha Moon"
- "I Look In Your Face"
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.
- Excited Show Title!: "Omaha!"
- Face on the Cover: Freberg is pictured between the crowd.
- Jingle: The reprise finale of the radio commercial:Whatta they got in Butter-NutThat 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:
- 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?"