One of the nation’s favourite feelgood musicals is back. Oklahoma is hitching up the wagons and is ready to roll on a national tour following its opening at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate later this month.
From the award-winning producers of the highly successful tours of The King & I and Fiddler on the Roof, this new production, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, will feature a large cast headed by Belinda Lang and Gary Wilmot.
The cast also includes Ashley Day (The Book of Mormon, The Wizard of Oz,) as Curly, Charlotte Wakefield (The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia!) as Laurey and Nic Greenshields (Guys and Dolls, Billy Elliot, The Phantom of the Opera) as Jud Fry, all accompanied by a live orchestra.
Oklahoma!, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, was based on the Lynn Riggs’ play Green Grow the Lilacs and was the first musical written by the duo.
It was originally produced on Broadway in 1943 and the Academy Award-winning film was released in 1955.
Set in the Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s, the musical tells the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers. Cowboy Curly loves Laurey, Aunt Eller’s niece, but Curly’s rival is the mysterious and dangerous hired hand Jud Fry.
Meanwhile, Ado Annie is torn between cowboy Will and peddler Ali Hakim.
Their stories are told with the help of some of the best-loved songs in musical theatre history, including Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, I’m Just a Girl Who Cain’t Say No, Surrey With a Fringe on Top, Kansas City, People Will Say We’re in Love and the rousing title song itself.
Oklahoma! bursts onto the Derngate stage from Thursday 19 to Saturday 28 February.
2015 Tour Schedule
February 19–28, Royal & Derngate, Northampton
March 3-7, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
March 17-21, The Lowry, Salford
March 24-28, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
April 14-18, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
April 21-25, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
April 28-May 2, Theatre Royal, Nottingham
May 5-9, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
May 12-16, The Hawth, Crawley
May 19-23, Theatre Royal, Bath
May 26-30, Hall for Cornwall, Truro
June 2-6, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
June 16-20, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
June 23-27, Theatre Royal, Newcastle
June 30-July 4, Hippodrome, Birmingham
July 14-18, Hippodrome, Bristol
July 21-August 1, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
August 4-8, Wycombe Swan.