In 1943, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II came together for their first production. The duo, who would later find immense success on Broadway, wanted to bring the play Green Grow the Lilacs to the stage as a musical production. The play premiered at the St. James Theatre on New York's Broadway in 1943. Later, after debuting at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut under the name Green Grow the Lilacs, the show changed its name and re-opened on Broadway in 1943 under a new title—Oklahoma! The theatrical production made Broadway history and set a record of 2,212 performances before finally closing more than five years later. The musical is an audience favorite since it premiered on Broadway. The country western musical Oklahoma takes place around 1906 and tells two relatively simple love stories and the conflict between farmers and cowboys. Cowboy Curly is in love with Laurey, who runs a farm with her aunt Eller. The farmer’s helper, Jud, supports the two ladies and takes Laurey to a dance even though he makes a questionable impression. Much to Jud’s dismay, Laurey falls in love with Curly. On the day of Laurey’s and Curly’s wedding, the two opponents come face to face in a deadly showdown.
The country girl Laurey, who runs the farm with her aunt, stands between a nice, frivolous cowboy and her sinister, erotically uptight servant. And Annie, who can never say no, oscillates between another cowboy and a Parisian solicitor. Curly is a stately cowboy, tall, blonde, very handsome and completely full of himself as he is the best at throwing the lasso, worships Laurey. Laurey on the other hand doesn't want to admit her love to Curly, but from the beginning it is clear that the two belong together. Laurey promises to go to the dance with farm worker Jud, completely unaware of how madly in love with her he is. It will take a good three hours in the musical Oklahoma! for Curly and Laurey to finally get together.
Music & Cast
Oklahoma! uses newly composed songs in place of the traditional folk songs in Riggs' work, and though the plot is largely similar, the endings are different. With the piece, Hammerstein succeeded at creating an American folk opera in a unique way: the title song Oklahoma! has been the official anthem of Oklahoma since 1953. Don’t miss this amazing theatrical Broadway show of the year, which is now playing in Broadway’s most intimate theater, Circle in the Square, for a limited time only. The story is simple but wittily implemented. Oscar Hammerstein's lyrics are based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs. Oklahoma! marks a milestone in the musical's history. For the first time, the songs and dance numbers are not just an accompaniment but tell a story.
Daniel Fish's revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre on April 7, 2019 after beginning preview performances in March of 2019. According the New York Times, this Broadway show is “Thrilling and audacious. This has always been a very American story but has never felt like so much of one until now.” 75 years after Rodgers & Hammerstein reinvented the musical, the production has once again been updated to fit the 21st century. It is with no doubt to say that you have never seen or heard this musical like this before. The New York Magazine says of the musical Oklahoma!, “The bright golden haze on the meadow has never looked so ominous, or so theatrically exhilarating. It is funny and sexy and gives the audience a whole new appreciation and outlook. This is the Oklahoma! that was there all along.”
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