Oklahoma!

The Production Company brings the legendary Rodgers & Hammerstein classic OKLAHOMA! to Melbourne on the 75th Anniversary of its creation.

Set in the Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s, this musical tells the story of two pairs of lovers. Curly is a cowboy who has trouble admitting his feelings to Laurey, as she does to him, because of their stubbornness. Judd, the hired hand at Laurey’s farm, tries to come between them. Ado Annie is torn between Will, a cowboy who has strong feelings for her, and Ali Hakim, a peddler who’s a ladies’ man.   Annie loves… well, everybody, She’s just a girl who cain’t say no! Meanwhile, in the Oklahoma Territory of 1906 where they all live, farmers and ranchers lock horns in a battle over water rights and fences.

When OKLAHOMA! opened on Broadway in 1943, it revolutionised the American musical, won a Pulitzer Prize and set the standards for modern musical theatre.

OKLAHOMA! features an award-winning line-up of stars. Elise played the flirtatious and effervescent Ado Annie Carnes and was joined onstage by  Simon Gleeson as Curly (Jean Valjean in Les Misérables West End and Australia),  Anna O’Byrne as Laurie (2017 Helpmann Award winner for Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady), Bobby Fox as Will Parker, Robyn Nevin as Aunt Eller, Ben Mingay as Jud, as well as Richard Piper, Grant PiroGreg Stone and an outstanding ensemble cast.

Oklahoma! is brimming with show-stopping hits: Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, People Will Say We’re in Love, I Cain’t Say No and the title song Oklahoma!.

Directed by Chris Parker and Musically Directed by Guy Simpson, with Choreography by Amy Campbell.  OKLAHOMA! was playing in Melbourne at The State Theatre for a strictly limited season from May 26th to June 3rd 2018.

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