Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration wasn’t just a theatrical smash hit—it was a game changer.
An early dismissal of the show: “No jokes, no legs, no chance,” couldn’t have proved more wrong. Oklahoma! ushered in an entirely new kind of musical, and with it, the dawning of a new era in musical theater. We look at the birth and life of Oklahoma!—what made it a hit, what keeps it a hit. And we examine the groundbreaking show through its classics (“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin,’ “People Will Say We’re in Love”), uncover songs dropped from the production during its pre-Broadway run (“Boys and Girls Like You and Me,” others), and explore—with fresh eyes—Oklahoma’s! exciting new productions and continued relevance 75 years after its history-making premiere.
Ted Chapin, writer & host
Parker Esse, director
Andy Einhorn, music director & piano
Justin Smith, violin
Scott Kuney, guitar
Mark Vanderpoel, bass
Perry Cavari, drums
Dan Scully, projection design
Maria Turnage, associate director