The hit Broadway revival of Oklahoma! has offered audiences a reimagined classic for the 21st Century. The Bard SummerScape production, which came to Broadway via an acclaimed production at St. Ann’s Warehouse last fall, was set to be a limited engagement at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre, ending this fall. Due to popularity and demand for tickets, the revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein game-changing landmark musical will now run through January 19, 2020.
Producer Eva Price says “Bringing the show from Bard SummerScape to St. Ann’s Warehouse and then to Broadway has been a remarkable and fulfilling journey. We are so thrilled for the critical and public response to the show and happy to be able to continue to have more audiences see this event into the new year.”
This 75th Anniversary production of Oklahoma! is directed by Daniel Fish and strives to give a contemporary perspective and immersive experience to the piece. The creative team also include Daniel Kluger (Orchestrations, Arrangements & Music Supervision), John Heginbotham (New Choreography), Nathan Koci (Music Direction), Laura Jelinek, Terese Wadden (Costume Design), Scott Zielinski (Lighting Design), Drew Levy (Sound Design), and Joshua Thorson (Projection Design). Casting by Will Cantler and Adam Caldwell/Telsey & Co.
The cast for the current production of Oklahoma! includes Rebecca Naomi Jones as Laurey, Damon Daunno as Curly, Mary Testa as Aunt Eller, Patrick Vaill as Jud Fry, Ali Stroker as Ado Annie, James Davis as Will Parker, Will Brill as Ali Hakim, Mitch Tebo as Andrew Carnes, Mallory Portnoy as Gertie Cummings, Anthony Cason as Cord and Will Mann as Mike. Gabrielle Hamilton performs the Dream Ballet.
Oklahoma! first appeared on Broadway in 1943, a musical adaptation of Lynn Riggs’ play Green Grown the Lilacs. Groundbreaking for its integration of score with plot, as well as its innovative use of dance (choreographed by Agnes de Mille), Oklahoma! was instrumental in forging the template for how musicals would be written for decades to come. The original production was directed by Rouben Mamoulian.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.