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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, host
Parker Esse, director
Andy Einhorn, music director

Cast to be announced

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