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Oklahoma! (1999)

Cowboy Curly McClain tries to win the heart of a girl in a singing and dancing extravaganza.

Director:

Trevor Nunn

Writers:

Oscar Hammerstein II (book), Lynn Riggs (based on the play by: "Green Grow the Lilacs")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen Lipman ... Aunt Eller
Hugh Jackman ... Curly
Josefina Gabrielle Josefina Gabrielle ... Laurey Williams
David Shelmerdine David Shelmerdine ... Ike Skidmore
Jimmy Johnston Jimmy Johnston ... Will Parker
Shuler Hensley ... Jud Fry
Vicki Simon Vicki Simon ... Ado Annie Carnes
Peter Polycarpou ... Ali Hakim
Rebecca Thornhill Rebecca Thornhill ... Gertie Cummings
Sidney Livingstone Sidney Livingstone ... Andrew Carnes
Stuart Milligan ... Cord Elam
Helen Anker ... Aggie
Julie Barnes Julie Barnes ... Kate
Luke Baxter Luke Baxter ... Slim
Warren Carlyle Warren Carlyle ... Jake
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Curly McClain, a spunky, singing cowboy is trying to win the heart of his childhood friend, Laurey Williams, in a blood-pumping, heart-stealing western that will sing your heart away. Written by kotabrand02

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oklahoma! See more »

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Color
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The original Broadway production of "Oklahoma!" opened at the St. James Theater in New York City on May 31, 1943 and ran for 2,212 performances, setting a record for a musical. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Curly: [singing] There's a bright golden haze on the meadow, / There's a bright golden haze on the meadow. / The corn is as high as a elephant's eye, / And it looks like it's climbin' clear up to the sky. / Oh, what a beautiful mornin', / Oh, what a beautiful day! / I got a beautiful feelin' / Everything's goin' my way.
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Soundtracks

All 'er Nothin'
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Vicki Simon and Jimmy Johnston
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Yes, I'll say it-it's a revelation.
8 December 2004 | by rrbSee all my reviews

Oklahoma was never my favorite musical. By the time I was aware of it, Oklahoma & all of the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon seemed dated, superseded by the darker, more modern Sondheim musicals.

But Trevor Nunn's re-imagining of this American classic makes it so fresh & vibrant, it could've opened yesterday. What seemed sappy in the 50s film version now seems innocent, charming, believable-thanks to Nunn's keener dramatic vision & an exceptional cast.

Hugh Jackman reinvents the swaggering male musical lead with an irresistible magnetism and ability to infuse a song with emotional realness. When he sings O What a Beautiful Morning, it seems totally spontaneous-a young man singing from the depth of his soul his love of life & everything in it-and we feel this song we've heard for decades is being sung for the first time.

The decision to play Laurey (Josefina Gabrielle) as a shy tomboy in overalls, in contrast to the assertive, gingham-clad lasses we've seen in the past, is a wonderfully right one. The attraction between the lovely, thoughtful young girl and the radiantly confident Curly is palpable, and their different temperaments make the parries & shifts of their courtship utterly believable.

Gabrielle is an impressive triple threat-a trained ballerina who is also a good actress and a fine singer. Nunn no doubt wanted an accomplished all-round performer to play Laurey so that the Act I ballet could be danced by the same performers who act and sing the parts-not, as is usually done, by dancing alter egos. That alone makes this famously integrated show that much more integrated, and dramatically satisfying.

As Aunt Eller, Maureen Lipman is tough, wry, funny, touching, wise -hers is the most captivating performance of Eller one can imagine. She is perfect.

Like Laurey, the portrayal of Jud has been rethought. He is still brutal, but you feel the wretchedness, the yearning for acceptance, behind the brutality. Shuler Hensley realizes this brilliantly.

He is one of only 2 Americans contributing to this quintessentially American musical (though all American accents are impeccable, and it's refreshing that the script's phony country pronunciations have been pared down to an unnoticeable level). The other is the choreographer Susan Strohman, whose work here is joyous, spectacularly inventive, and (as in the case of the Act II opener The Farmer & The Cowman) electrifying. The dancing, & there's lots of it, conveys the galvanic energy of these very physical frontier folk. It's thrilling to watch the cast's highly skilled dancers doing numbers that build and build to an explosive rapture that makes you wish you could only be up there with them.

Strohman, with Nunn and their talented, almost exclusively English team, offer us what must be the finest production of Oklahoma ever staged. How fortunate our cousins across the Atlantic have cast a different light on this national treasure, and revealed new splendors it contains!


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