My colleague and I have been wondering about this for a while...If you're referring to a title with a question mark or exclamation mark, which typically requires quotation marks around it, should you use a comma along with exclamation mark and quotation mark when continuing the sentence?

For example, should it be:

Newtown Arts Company will present Rogers and Hammerstein's classic musical “Oklahoma!,” the second show in its 2008 season.


Newtown Arts Company will present Rogers and Hammerstein's classic musical “Oklahoma!” the second show in its 2008 season.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I'd probably write "Have you ever seen the musical 'Oklahoma!'?"
First of all --> There should not be any quotation marks around the title of a play, book, newspaper, work of art, etc. Remove the quotation marks and put Oklahoma! into italics.

Now, with the quotation marks removed, here's what you should have:

Newtown Arts Company will present Rogers and Hammerstein's classic musical Oklahoma! , the second show in its 2008 season.
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I am writing a paper for one of my college finals and this same issue came up because one of the articles ended with a question mark. This was very helpful, and I hope my professor will accept the way I choose to write it! Thanks!
The Chicago Manual of Style has this to say:

17.61 Question marks or exclamation points

When a title or a subtitle ends with a question mark or an
exclamation point, no other punctuation follows.

And it gives this example:

B: Aaron, Henry. 1973. Why Is Welfare So Hard to
Reform? Washington, DC: Brookings Institution
Press, 1973.

And, earlier in the Manual:

6.123 When to omit comma or period

Neither a period (aside from an abbreviating period) nor a
comma ever accompanies a question mark or an
exclamation point. The latter two marks, being stronger,
take precedence over the first two. If a question mark and
an exclamation point are both called for, only the mark
more appropriate to the context should be retained.

Example: “Have you read the platform?” asked Mark.
The exclamation point takes care of the pause the comma provides. The rule is that the stronger punctuation wins. No comma is necessary.
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Emotion: big smileEmotion: big smile I've been an editor for years. Currently I've been assigned web pages galore. Web artists are notorious grammar gleeks. The [?", asked Bob] snafu has been one of our 'laugh lines' on repeated occasion. The common usage for good US of A writers, proves to be (by poll we conducted among acedemics of English): omit the comma altogether. You shall typically remain incog and unremarked...

...until someone from the UK emails a criticism, exempli gratia, ALL commas are required WITHIN the end quote. Dirty, ignorant colonials! Off with their heads!
I firmly believe that the British are right on this one.
I am in agreement with the Brits as well. Cheers from the U.S.A.!
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The newest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which is the 16th, has changed its rule regarding this question:

Titles that end in question marks or exclamation points

The title of a work that ends in a question mark or exclamation point should now be followed by a comma if the grammar of the sentence would normally call for one or, in source citations or in an index, if a comma would normally follow the title. 6.119, 8.164, 14.105, 14.178, 16.54.

from: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/about16_rules.html

So, yes, use the comma inside the quotation marks following the question mark or exclamation point.
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