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Oklahoma!

Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today.

Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma!

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Target Audience: Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Appropriate for all audiences, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 1944 London Evening Standard Award for Best Musical
    Winner! 2 1955 Academy Awards for the Motion Picture of Oklahoma!
    Winner! 1993 Special Tony Award for the Oklahoma! 50th Anniversary
    Winner! 1999 International Emmy Award
    Winner! 1999 4 Laurence Olivier Awards including Best Musical Production
    Nominee! 7 2002 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical
On a radiant summer morning in Indian Territory not long after the turn of the century, Aunt Eller sits on her porch churning butter and looking out over her farmstead. Curly, a local ranch hand, comes to call. Curly and Eller's niece, Laurey, have a lot in common -- both are equally smitten with the other, and both are too proud and stubborn to admit it. When Curly grandly offers to take Laurey to the box social that evening, Laurey claims that he can't escort her in style and refuses to believe that he has rented a classy rig for the occasion. Jud Fry, Laurey's hired hand, settles the matter by announcing that he will take her to the social and because she is scared of Jud, who has a morose, vindictive temperament, Laurey is too frightened to turn him down. Curly invites Aunt Eller to ride with him.

Laurey's friend, Ado Annie, is caught between two fellows too. Will Parker has just returned from Kansas City where he earned $50 in a rodeo -- the exact sum Ado Annie's father, Andrew Carnes, told Will he had to come up with if he wanted to marry Ado Annie. However, during Will's absence Ado Annie has become transfixed by the Persian peddler man, Ali Hakim, whose sales pitches -- whether they be for egg beaters or stolen kisses -- always leaves her swooning.

Ado Annie may not know which way to turn, but her father is having no such problems: Will, since he already spent the $50 on wedding gifts for Annie and technically doesn't have the cold cash any longer, has lost his chance at marriage -- while Ali Hakim has been so forward with Annie that nothing short of a shotgun wedding will do!

At the box social that night lots of men bid for Laurey's hamper but, as the biddings rise, so does the tension and Jud and Curly square off. Curly sells his saddle, his horse and then even his gun to raise enough cash to buy the hamper and the right to escort Laurey, which frustrates Jud. When Jud corners Laurey in the barn later on, her frightened calls for help bring Curly to her side. Jud runs off, and finally, Laurey and Curly confess their love for each other.

Ali Hakim, still trying to maneuver his way out of marrying Ado Annie, contrives to bid $50 for all the gifts Will bought in Kansas City. With cash in hand, and a few rules in mind, Will approaches Ado Annie again, and this time they set a date.

Three weeks later, Laurey and Curly are married. Gertie Cummings, an annoying flirt who couldn't get her hands on Curly, has managed to snare a husband anyhow -- Ali Hakim. Will and Ado Annie are hitched as well and everyone is celebrating. The wedding festivities pall, however, when Jud Fry stumbles in, uninvited and unwelcome. He gets into a fight with Curly and ensuing melee, the drunken Jud falls on his own knife and is killed. Curly's friends don't want him to have to spend his wedding night in jail and so, a trial is held on the spot and Curly is acquitted. With their friends and loved ones waving them on, Curly and Laurey drive off on their honeymoon, "in a surrey with the fringe on the top."

REVIEWS:

"Calling Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! a classic American musical is an understatement. Like Grant Wood's 'American Gothic' and Mark Twain's novels, or George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' and Chuck Berry's rock 'n' roll, OKLAHOMA! is firmly embedded in the canon of America's greatest cultural creations."

Wichita Eagle

"Forget baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. Nothing is more American than OKLAHOMA!...One of the landmarks of 20th century theater, it remains a defining event of American culture."

Houston Chronicle

"If ever a show earned its exclamation point, it's this one!"

Wall Street Journal

"There's nothing corny about this wonderful, fresh show. It's not just a classic American musical but—and this is the real surprise—a truthful, touching and gripping drama about growing up and falling in love, about dreams and nightmares."

London Daily Mail

"A masterpiece...Rodgers and Hammerstein are truly up there with Eugene O'Neill as the great American theatre creators."

New York Post
Premiere Production: In 1943, Oklahoma! opened at the St. James Theatre, New York.
  • Casting: 6M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • AUNT ELLER
    CURLY
    LAUREY
    IKE SKIDMORE
    FRED
    SLIM
    WILL PARKER
    JUD FRY
    ADO ANNIE CARNES
    ALI HAKIM
    GERTIE CUMMINGS
    ELLEN
    KATE
    SYLVIE
    ARMINA
    AGGIE
    ANDREW CARNES
    CORD ELAM
    JESS
    CHALMERS
    MIKE
    JOE
    SAM
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