Oklahoma St Louis Tickets
Oklahoma! St Louis Tickets
Oklahoma! is widely considered one of the most successful plays to ever hit the stage. The show's initial premiere ran for an incredible 2,212 performances beginning in 1943, an eventually earned Rodgers and Hammerstein a Pulitzer Prize in 1944. It was a box office smash of unprecedented proportions. Don't miss out on your latest chance to get Oklahoma! St Louis tickets.
Based on Lynn Riggs 1930 play Green Grow the Lilacs, Oklahoma! was adapted into a musical in 1943 by the famed American theatre duo, composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The show's plot revolves around love in the wild West, featuring a woman, Laurey Williams, who lives in pastoral Oklahoma Territory in 1906, and her romance with the cowboy Curly McLain. The format of the show, called a book musical, features musical numbers fully immersed in the script with dramatic dancing, meant to evoke emotions more serious than just humour.
After its initial Broadway run in the 1930s, Oklahoma! has been on several national (and international) runs. With this most recent tour, musical fans around the country will get a chance to see Oklahoma! a little closer to home.
The writing of Oklahoma! prompted a landmark change in the course of musical theatre. The show marked Rodgers and Hammerstein's first real foray into musical writing together, after Rodgers' first partner became unreliable due to a host of personal issues. Though many critics predicted the show would be a huge commercial failure, the duo's success with Oklahoma! was actually just beginning. However, the premiere didn't occur on Broadway in New York City as many believe. Actually, the play first hit the stage in New Haven, Connecticut.
The main roles will be played by Ben Davis (Curly) and Christina Cornish Smith (Laurey). Davis has received praise for working in high profile roles from Broadway productions including Violet, A Little Night Music, Les Misérables, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme. Smith's career began as a dancer with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, but eventually led her to musical performances, including a touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, and regional productions of Guys and Doll and Fiorello. Other stars for the tour include Broadway stalwarts Alexander Gemignani as Jud Fry, Clyde Alves as Will Parker and Jenni Barber as Ado Annie. Nehal Joshi will play Ali Hakim, and Beth Leavel will portray Aunt Eller.
The story that eventually become Oklahoma! is called Green Grow the Lilacs, and was written by Lynn Riggs in 1930. The show had its own 64-show run on Broadway as a drama in 1931, and earned Riggs a Pulitzer nomination. However, the show did not perform as well as hoped for the Theatre Guild, who produced the show, leading producer Theresa Helburn to contact Richard Rodgers to revive the plot as a musical. Eventually, Rodgers enlisted Hammerstein to help co-write the music, and Oklahoma! was born.
Produced by a team of industry veterans, Oklahoma! is sure to be as smashing as it was when it first debuted. Directed by Rob Ruggiero, who is returning to MUNY after completing Hello, Dolly!, South Pacific, and The King & I (in 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively). He has won numerous awards for his work, both regional and national, and is the producing artistic director for TheatreWorks in Hartford, Connecticut. Choreographer Ginger Thatcher currently works as the Associate Choreographer and Assistant Director for Susan Stroman's musical Little Dancer, which premiered at the Kennedy Center October 2014. Musical Director Kevin Stites also returns to the MUNY after music directing Les Misérables in 2013 and Titanic in 2010. His other most recent projects include acting as the music director/principal conductor for the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Kristin Chenoweth at the Hollywood Bowl.
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