Date(s) - 01/04/2022 - 01/09/2022
12:00 am

Benedum Center


The wind comes sweeping across the plain (or at least the stage) in theater pioneer Daniel Fish’s acclaimed reimagining of this groundbreaking 1943 musical — the first creation of two legends: composer Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960).

“Oklahoma” is a love story between confident cowboy Curly and feisty farmer Laurey. As the road to romance and the road to statehood converge, Curly and Laurey are poised to carve out a life together in a brand new state. But the road to love is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road, fraught with all the dangers and excitement of the time. This musical epitomizes (what was at the time) the innovative “book musical,” a musical play where the songs and dances are fully integrated into a well-made story. Rodgers and Hammerstein won a special Pulitzer Prize for “Oklahoma!” in 1944.

In 2019, Daniel Fish developed this remarkable version. Stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at its core, the musical now focuses on a community circling its wagons against an outsider, and the “Oklahoma” frontier life that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this allows the classic musical — and our country — to be seen in a whole new light.


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