OKLAHOMA! Oh, what a beautiful evenin'

Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical, OKLAHOMA!, is now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through January 30 2005.

I was lucky enough to attend the opening performance of OKLAHOMA! I have seen the film over the years and always enjoyed the songs. This is the first time I saw the play and I am very glad that I did. The play was even  better then the movie! The intimacy, the fabulous energy of the great cast and especially the powerful captivating voice and stage presence of Jeremiah James. The entire cast was up to the task of playing my emotional strings. I felt like I was there with them in the turn of the century Oklahoma. I wondered how the stage production could replicate the wide open land of Oklahoma along with horses, cowboys and farmers and was surprised to see that it was able to be done with clever miniatures and perspectives. It was also an honor to be seeing the opening performance along with the legendary John Raitt who's credits include Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun, Zorba, The Music Man and along with many others, of course, OKLAHOMA!

Entire Cast

Directed by Fred Hanson and choreographed by Ginger Thatcher, this adaptation of the Royal National Theatre's production directed by Trevor Nunn, is a fresh, entertaining and enjoyable take on the 62 year-old musical.

The beautiful, fun set and costumes are re-created by Anthony Ward from the Broadway version, and transfers us back to Oklahoma, almost a hundred years ago. The set has everything from trains, farmhouses and windmills, to smoking chimneys and cornfields.

Curly & Laurey



Jeremiah James shines as the love-struck cowboy Curly and Julie Burdick is lovely as Laurey, the tomboyish object of his desire. James has an amazing charisma and a warm, rich voice to go with it. He brings a lot of humor and charm to his impressive performance. Burdick makes us all fall in love with Laurey with her beautiful soprano voice and sweet take on the hard-to get, spunky farm girl, she reminded me of Shirley Jones who played in the movie version.






Andrew Lebon is very strong as the evil, hired help that is trying to get between them and keep Laurey for himself. Carrie Love (appropriate name) plays Ado Annie, who's stuck between the traveling salesman Ali Hakim (Sorab Wadia) and the "not too sharp" but lovable Will Parker (Daniel Robinson) or anyone else she finds herself in the company of "I'm just a girl who can't say no." They all bring a lot of life to the cute love triangle.




Daniel Robinson as Will Parker performs "Kansas City" Photo by Joan Marcus



To keep everybody together, or apart…, we have a delightful Pat Sibley as the feisty mother-hen Aunt Eller who gave a powerful likable performance.



Ali & Ado



They are all backed by a very high-energy, talented ensemble and a great orchestra led by John Mezzio.

OKLAHOMA! runs about three hours with one intermission.

This is definitely a show worth seeing, so hurry down to the Pantages Theatre and catch it before it's sold out.




As a show of appreciation and solidarity, Broadway/L.A is offering our men and women in the armed forces the opportunity to receive Two Complimentary Tickets to see OKLAHOMA! When it opened on Broadway in the 1940s, OKLAHOMA! Invited America's "Boys in Uniform" to come see the show for free. In keeping with a tradition that began during WWII, those in active military service who present a valid, current military identification card will be gifted with tickets.

This special offer will be valid on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evening performances. Please call for more information.

Now through Sunday, January 30th

6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

Performance Schedule:
Tuesdays - Fridays at 8:00 PM
Saturdays at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sundays at 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM

Online: www.BroadwayLA.org
Charge by phone: 213-365-3500 or 714-740-7878
Pantages Theatre Box Office
(6233 Hollywood Blvd., ½ block east of Vine - open 10am daily)

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