Rodgers & Hammerstein's landmark musical OKLAHOMA! comes to The Orange County Performing Arts Center for the first time ever June 15-20 in Segerstrom Hall. Presented by NETworks, OKLAHOMA! is a musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Tickets for "the great American musical" are $23.25, $28.25, $40.25, $45.25, $53.25 and $58.25, and go on sale on Sunday, May 2 at The Center Box Office, online at The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org
, by phone through Ticketmaster at (714) 740-7878 or (213) 365-3500 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Center's TTY number is (714) 556-2746.
The Center applauds Bank of America, Mercedes-Benz, Sempra Energy and Cox Communications for their support of the Broadway Series.
This newly conceived national tour, with direction by Fred Hanson and choreography by Ginger Thatcher, is adapted from the Cameron Mackintosh presentation of the Royal National Theatre production directed by Trevor Nunn with choreography by Susan Stroman recently seen in London and on Broadway. The original designs of Anthony Ward (sets and costumes) and David Hersey (lighting) have been recreated for the tour.
Based on the Lynn Riggs' play Green Grow The Lilacs, OKLAHOMA! was Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration and remains, in many ways, their most innovative. It set the standards for modern musical theatre featuring such classic musical numbers as "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "People Will Say We're In Love," "The Surrey with the Fringe On Top" and the title song. Set in the territory of Oklahoma at the turn of the century against a background of the rivalry between cattlemen and farmers, OKLAHOMA! is the story of the farm girl Laurey and the two rivals for her affection, the cowboy Curly and the brooding farmhand Jud.
Written in 1943, OKLAHOMA! became an instant hit for Rodgers & Hammerstein, launching a remarkable career that went on to include Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. The longest-running musical of its time - a record held for 15 years - OKLAHOMA! also generated a decade-long U.S. national tour, a record-setting original West End run at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and more than 30,000 productions to date in more than a dozen languages. The 1955 film version, directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein, starred Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae and Rod Steiger.
OKLAHOMA! has been honored with numerous awards, including a special Pulitzer Prize, two Academy Awards, an honorary Grammy and a special Tony Award. In 1993, it became the first Broadway musical commemorated in a U.S. postage stamp, and a recent survey by New York's Drama League deemed OKLAHOMA! "the Best Musical of the Century."
For more information, visit the official OKLAHOMA! Internet Web site at www.oklahomaontour.com
Tuesday, June 15 - Friday, June 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 19 at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 20 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $23.25, $28.25, $40.25, $45.25, $53.25 and $58.25
Tickets may be purchased at The Center Box Office, online at The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org, by phone through Ticketmaster at (714) 740-7878 or (213) 365-3500 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Center's TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Artists and programs are subject to change. For more information about these or any other Center events, please call
(714) 556-ARTS or visit The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org. "The Center" is a California registered trademark.