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In Sand Springs, an outdoor amphitheater called "Discoveryland!" is the official performance headquarters for the musical Oklahoma![195]Ridge Bond, native of McAlester, Oklahoma,[196] starred in the Broadway and International touring productions of Oklahoma!,[197][198][199][200] playing the role of "Curly McClain" in more than 2,600 performances. [197][201] In 1953 he was featured along with the Oklahoma! cast on a CBS Omnibus television broadcast. [201] Bond was instrumental in the Oklahoma! title song becoming the Oklahoma state song[196][202] and is also featured on the U. S. postage stamp commemorating the musical's 50th anniversary. [197][203] Historically, the state has produced musical styles such as The Tulsa Sound and western swing, which was popularized at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa. The building, known as the "Carnegie Hall of Western Swing",[204] served as the performance headquarters of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys during the 1930s. [205] Stillwater is known as the epicenter of Red Dirt music, the best-known proponent of which is the late Bob Childers.