Gabrielle Hamilton in The Bard Summerscape/St. Anne’s Warehouse production of ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!’ (Photo: Paula Court)
Are you ready for one more version of “Surry with the Fringe On Top“? The Bard SummerScape production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, which had a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at St. Ann’s Warehouse this fall, will transfer to Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. The reimagined production created quite the buzz, deemed “a daring, brilliant, utterly absorbing re-interpretation” by The Daily Beast and “a charged, scary production, a story about the aggressions and ambiguities entwined deep in the root system of America” by New York Magazine.
Oklahoma! will begin previews on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, with an official opening on Sunday, April 7, 2019, and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, September 1, 2019. Directed by Daniel Fish, the production has been hailed as the Best of the Year and a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times and the #1 Theatrical Event of the Year by TIME Magazine.
Seventy-five years after Rodgers & Hammerstein reinvented the American musical, this is Oklahoma! as you’ve never seen or heard it before, re-orchestrated and reimagined for the 21st century.
“What an incredible moment to be producing on Broadway, in the middle of this wonderfully eclectic season spurred by an audience that is hungry for bold, daring work,” said producer Eva Price. “Daniel Fish’s timeless and timely revival of this classic speaks so vividly to the place we as Americans are living in today.”
Oklahoma! features music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, with original dances by Agnes de Mille.
Oklahoma! was presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn from September 27 – November 11, 2018. The creative team for the St. Ann’s production included: Daniel Kluger (Orchestrations, Arrangements & Music Supervision), John Heginbotham (New Choreography),Nathan Koci (Music Direction), Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design, based on an original concept by John Conklin), Terese Wadden (Costume Design), Scott Zielinski (Lighting Design), Drew Levy (Sound Design), and Joshua Thorson (Projection Design). Casting by Will Cantlerand Adam Caldwell/Telsey & Co.
The cast for the run at St. Ann’s starred: Rebecca Naomi Jones as Laurey, Damon Daunno as Curly, two-time Tony Award-nominee Mary Testa as Aunt Eller, Patrick Vaill as Jud Fry, Ali Stroker as Ado Annie, James Davis as Will Parker, Michael Nathanson as Ali Hakim andMitch Tebo as Andrew Carnes and featured Mallory Portnoy as Gerti Cummings and others, Anthony Cason as Cord and Will Mann as Mike.
Casting for the Broadway production will be announced soon.
This production was originally developed, produced, and premiered at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Chair; Leon Botstein, President; Gideon Lester, Artistic Director; Bob Bursey, Executive Director; Caleb Hammons, Senior Producer) in July 2015. This production of Oklahoma! was subsequently developed and produced by St. Ann’s Warehouse at the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Theater, Brooklyn, NY, Fall 2018.
Tickets for Oklahoma! will go on pre-sale today for American Express cardholders beginning at 10 a.m. EST. Presale tickets will then go on sale exclusively to Audience Rewards® members from January 2, 2019, at 10 a.m. through January 5, 2019, at 9:59AM EST. It’s free and fast to join at www.AudienceRewards.com. The production will go on sale to the general public beginning on Saturday, January 5, 2019, and tickets will be available for purchase on Telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Circle in the Square
1633 Broadway, NYC
March 19 – September 1, 2019