The National Theatre’s 1998 Olivier-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, starring Tony winner Hugh Jackman (The Music Man, Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman) as Curly, will be screened in cinemas around the world July 16 and 19.
More than 800 movie theatres in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Norway, and Australia will present the revival, which was filmed following the record-breaking London run. Tickets are on sale now at OklahomaInCinemas.com.
Directed by Tony winner Trevor Nunn (Cats, Les Misérables) with new choreography by Tony winner Susan Stroman (New York, New York; The Producers; Crazy for You), the film also stars Maureen Lipman as Aunt Eller, Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey, Tony and Olivier winner Shuler Hensley (The Music Man) as Jud Fry, Vicki Simon as Ado Annie, Jimmy Johnston as Will Parker, and Peter Polycarpou as Ali Hakim. (Gabrielle and Hensley later repeated their roles on Broadway, with Hensley winning a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.)
“80 years after first premiering on Broadway, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is recognized as a theatrical landmark,” says Imogen Lloyd Webber, senior vice president at Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. “It was the first successful, truly unified musical – a seamless integration of song, story and dance. This 1998 production masterfully combined those three elements, and the resulting film is a treasure trove for musical theatre fans of all ages.”