So, Lehman Engel insisted that every show absolutely must have an obvious "I want" song in which one or more characters pretty much come right out and say "I want this?" If so, did you or anyone else point out that many shows do not have such a song? And what did he say to that?
What are the "I want" songs in SHOW BOAT, OKLAHOMA! and THE SOUND OF MUSIC? I don't think oblique "I want" songs like "Make Believe" or "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" count, because of course, as I mentioned, we do need to know what the characters want -- it just doesn't need to be stated explicitly and formulaically in a classic, obvious "I want" song.