From the award-winning producers of the highly successful tours of The King and I and Fiddler on the Roof, this new production of one of the great classic American musicals stars Belinda Lang as Aunt Eller and Gary Wilmot as Ali Hakim.
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 Cain’t Say No, The Surrey With the Fringe on Top, Kansas City, People Will Say We’re in Love and the title song.
Joining Belinda Lang and Gary Wilmot are; Lucy May Barker as Ado Annie, James O’Connell as Will Parker, Paul Grunert as Andrew Carnes, Kara Lane as Gertie Cummings, Christopher D Hunt as Cord Elam, Barnaby Thompson as Ike Skidmore, Ashley Day as Curly, Charlotte Wakefield as Laurey and Nic Greenshields as Jud Fry.
The production is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and with new choreography by Drew McOnie. There is a live orchestra with musical supervision by Stephen Ridley. Set and costumes and designed by Francis O’Connor, with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Ben Harrison. The UK & Irish tour of OKLAHOMA! will be presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.