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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
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
Maria Turnage, associate director

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