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A Beautiful Dawning: Oklahoma! at 75

A Beautiful Dawning: Oklahoma! at 75

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
Maria Turnage, associate director
Andy Einhorn, music director & piano

Kerstin Anderson
Phillip Attmore

Jason Gotay
Nyla Watson

Justin Smith, violin
Scott Kuney, guitar
Mark Vanderpoel, bass
Perry Cavari, drums

Dan Scully, projection design

Corresponding Class: The Making of Oklahoma!, Sun, Apr 28, 2:30 pm

Ted Chapin

Ted Chapin is in his second season as producer of Lyrics & Lyricists, a position he is honored to hold, …

Parker Esse

Parker Esse is a multi-award-winning, story-driven director-choreographer. After performing regionally, in national tours and as a featured performer …

Maria Turnage

As an associate director, Maria Turnage has collaborated on Equity readings and showcases, concerts, world premieres and benefits …

Andy Einhorn

Leading Broadway music director and conductor Andy Einhorn directs concerts this year with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, …

Kerstin Anderson

Kerstin Anderson was discovered while a sophomore at Pace University, starring in a student production of The Light in the Piazza, …

Phillip Attmore

Phillip Attmore is an artist, catalyst and visionary who has been dancing, singing and acting since the age of three …

Jason Gotay

Jason Gotay is an actor and teaching artist born and raised in Brooklyn …

Nyla Watson

Giving all glory to God, Nyla Watson is a dedicated performer in the New York City community and a graduate student at New York University …

Justin Smith

Justin Smith is concertmaster for the Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical …

Scott Kuney

For many years, Scott Kuney has been the busiest freelance concert guitarist/banjoist/mandolinist in New York …

Mark Vanderpoel

Mark Vanderpoel is a native of San Diego. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where he studied with Bertram Turetzky …

Perry Cavari

Perry Cavari was born and raised in New Jersey and now lives with his wife Maria and daughter Emily …

Dan Scully

Dan Scully is a Brooklyn-based projection and lighting designer. Recent work includes Lyrics & LyricistsThe Bobby Darin Story