2019 Broadway Revival

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After a unique creative process, director Daniel Fish’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! arrived at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre on April 7, 2019, where it ran for 328 performances. The stage was first set when Bard College invited Fish to direct a production featuring undergraduate actors. Fish’s new interpretation of Oklahoma! then premiered as a … Read More

2002 Broadway Revival

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Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, Trevor Nunn’s lauded National Theatre production of Oklahoma! arrived on Broadway on March 21, 2002, starring Patrick Wilson as Curly, Andrea Martin as Aunt Eller and, reprising their roles from London, Shuler Hensley (who won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor) and Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey. The production was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including … Read More

1998 National Theatre West End Revival

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On July 15, 1998, the Royal National Theatre premiered its landmark, Olivier Award-winning production of Oklahoma!, starring newcomer Hugh Jackman as Curly, Josefina Gabrielle as Laurie, and Shuler Hensley, whose performance as Jud Fry garnered him an Olivier Award. Directed by Trevor Nunn with new choreography by Susan Stroman, this production ran at the Olivier Theatre at the National from … Read More

1979 Broadway Revival

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Under the direction of Oscar Hammerstein II’s eldest son, William “Bill” Hammerstein, Oklahoma! received a Broadway revival at the Palace Theatre that opened December 13, 1979. Featuring Agnes de Mille’s original choreography, recreated by Gemze de Lappe, this production starred Christine Andreas as Laurey; Laurence Guittard as Curly and a young Christine Ebersole as Ado Annie. The production ran 293 … Read More

1955 Motion Picture

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The blockbuster film adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! premiered at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City on October 11, 1955. The film was the first ever shot and presented in the Todd-AO 70mm Widescreen format, which required some theatres to have their screen areas renovated. It was also the first to have a road show-style promotional rollout, a … Read More

1951 Broadway Revival

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Exactly three years after the original Broadway production closed at the St. James, Oklahoma! was revived for a limited engagement at the Broadway Theatre on May 29, 1951. A part of the National Tour of the original production, the return to Broadway starred Ridge Bond, Patricia Northrup, Maurice Kelly, Henry Clarke and Mary Marlo. Though the special engagement was only … Read More

1947 West End Premiere

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Opening first at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on April 29, 1947, and later moving to the Stoll Theatre, Oklahoma! had a wildly successful premiere on the West End in London starring Harold Keel, Betty Jane Watson, Mary Marlo and Henry Clarke. Marveling European audiences with this fresh innovation of the musical form, with critics calling it “a gem, a … Read More

1943 Original Broadway Production

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When Oklahoma! first arrived on Broadway, much was on the line for the creative and producing team. Many were skeptical that an interesting musical could be crafted from a homespun play that only saw moderate success, dealing with farmers and cowmen in the middle of the country. In addition, the producers were in a slump, and many of the creators … Read More