Simply put, Oklahoma! is perhaps one of the most iconic musicals, not just in the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon, but in Broadway history. The musical marks the first collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, bursting onto the scene with a 1943 Broadway premiere that swiftly became a box office sensation and ran for a grand total of 2,212 performances. It was also awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 1944. Since then, the musical has enjoyed no less than five Broadway revivals, including the current critically acclaimed version by director Daniel Fish, three West End productions (including an Olivier Award-winning 1998 National Theatre revival that starred Hugh Jackman), countless national and international tours, and even an Oscar-winning 1955 film adaptation.

Based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs, Oklahoma! is set in 1906 out on the farmyards near Claremore, Indian Territory, and it follows a courtship rivalry between a farm girl Laurey Williams and two would-be suitors in cowboy Curly McLain and menacing farmhand Jud Fry. The musical also depicts a subplot romance between the flirtatious Ado Annie and cowboy Will Parker. In this 75th Anniversary production, expertly crafted by director Daniel Fish, the audience is confronted by all the familiar characters from yesteryear, now sporting modern dress, in an immersive plywood barn setting with guns hanging on the walls and pots of chilli steaming away. Daniel Kluger’s new orchestrations and arrangements also modernize the timeless musical with an onstage band (complete with electric guitars) giving new life to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s eternal score that includes such classics as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and “I Cain’t Say No.”  

This Bard SummerScape production enjoyed a sold-out run at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse in the fall of 2018, earning rave reviews, and in December 2018, a Broadway transfer was announced after the production secured the Circle in the Square Theatre – the perfect venue to accentuate the exhilarating, immersive nature of the show. The limited Broadway engagement is scheduled to run from March 19 through to January 19, 2020, with an official opening set for April 7.

People Will Say We’re in Love with this new production… and they’d be darn right!

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Running time: 
2hrs 45mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Oklahoma!:

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.

Child Policy:
Due to the mature content in this production, it is recommended for ages 12 and up.
Music by Richard Rodgers and a Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the play "Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs
Eva Price
Daniel Fish
Scott Zielinski
Drew Levy
Laura Jellinek, based on an original concept by John Conklin
John Heginbotham
Terese Wadden
Cast list:
Will Brill (as Ali Hakim), Anthony Cason (as Cord Elam), Damon Daunno (as Curly McLain), James Davis (as Will Parker), Gabrielle Hamilton (as Lead Dancer), Rebecca Naomi Jones (as Laurey Williams), Will Mann (as Mike), Mallory Portnoy (as Gertie Cummings), Ali Stroker (as Ado Annie), Mitch Tebo (as Andrew Carnes), Mary Testa (as Aunt Eller), and Patrick Vaill (as Jud Fry)
Other info:
Orchestrations, Arrangements & Music Supervision by Daniel Kluger, Music Direction by Nathan Koci, and Projection Design by Joshua Thorson
Oklahoma! Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 19, 2019
Opening date: 
April 7, 2019
January 19, 2020

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Circle in the Square Theatre

1633 Broadway (between Broadway and 8th Avenue - at 50th Street), New York, NY 10019
Nearest subway station:
50th Street stations

Latest Oklahoma! News & Features

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May 21, 2019

One of the most iconic musicals of all time, now re-envisioned for the 21st century, this Bard SummerScape production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, under the daring direction of Tony Award nominee Daniel Fish, played a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the St. Anne’s Warehouse in Brooklyn in the fall of 2018. A swift transfer was announced as the Circle in the Square Theatre became free, providing the perfect setting for the immersive nature of the production.

Our Oklahoma! Review

If you are looking for that sweet Oklahoma! where Aunt Eller spends her spare time churning butter on her porch and the corn IS as high as an elephant’s eye, well pardner, y’all better mosey right on by this trolley stop. Just to be sure you get this message before you sit down, there are 20 racks of rifles lining the walls of the Circle in the Square Theatre.