A to Z Musicals ~ ♬ “O” is for OKLAHOMA!


Oklahoma! was the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Set in the Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie.

The original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943 and ran for a then-unprecedented 2,212 performances. In 1955 a film adaptation was released and the show has enjoyed revivals, national tours, and many, many school and community productions.

In this clip (which is actually from the 1998 London production), Australian Hugh Jackman stars as Curly and Londoner Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey.




I can’t wait to see the modern, updated Oklahoma version with songs like “Science is Fake” and “Take my wife, but don’t take my guns!”

This was one of those musicals I could never quite warm up to. I liked the movie better than the Broadway production, but only because Rod Steiger scared the tar out of me! I felt that way about Guys and Dolls as well — until they did it at the high school where my son was in the orchestra. Then it kind of crept into my musical heart.
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Hi Martha – Oklahoma is always wonderful to hear … such great lyrics and music – love it … cheers Hilary


I love this song from this musical. I love Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals.

I am not sure that I have ever seen the movie all the way through. BTW, that Q post of mine was published by accident. O is there too. But somehow when I tried to save Q it got deleted and now I have to rewrite it. UGH.

My favorite song from this is “I Cain’t Say No!” Gotta love Ado Annie!
Pippin or Pirates of Penzance next?

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