Record-Breaking Musical Oklahoma! at Arena Stage
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The last date listed for Oklahoma! was Sunday October 2, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Now it's going on the road with members of the Broadway cast, a 23-piece orchestra and new interpretations of legendary songs from the original Porgy and Bess, like "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty of Nothing." Porgy and Bess debuted in 1935 as a groundbreaking opera starring an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers performing the classical, jazz and folk music of George and Ira Gershwin. Now, the stirring tale of African-American life in South Carolina's fictional Catfish Row has been transformed into a modern musical by a powerhouse Broadway team: Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man). Learn More
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There is not a bad seat in the house at Arena Stage. The cast immediately brings you right into the show with their amazing energy. The music is timeless and enveloping. Only wish there was sing-along segment! Plan to have a great time!
Quotes & Highlights
- See a cast Q&A on YouTube.
- See a video featuring highlights from the show's earlier run at the Mead Center for American Theater on YouTube.
- “Superb … just as radiant the second time around.” --Washington Post
- "Generating Broadway buzz" -- New York Times
- "just about perfect" -- Bloomberg
- "Infectiously spirited" -- Baltimore Sun
- "A rousing crowd-pleaser..." --City Paper
- "outstanding talents" --Metro Weekly
- Oklahoma! received a four-star review from Washingtonian.
- "a must-see" --Washington Life
Music by Richard Rodgers
Directed by Molly Smith
Choreography by Parker Esse
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs
Original dances by Agnes de Mille
Musical Direction by George Fulginiti-Shakar
Winner of 4 Helen Hayes Awards:
Outstanding Lead Actor for Nicholas Rodriguez (Curly)
Outstanding Choreography for Parker Esse
Outstanding Musical Direction for George Fulginiti-Shakar
Director Molly Smith: "When I think of the giants of the American musical, Oklahoma! is at the top of the list. Groundbreaking when it was first created, Oklahoma! is about the new frontier of America. All of Arena’s optimism, hopes and dreams will be embodied in this moment of fierce individualism.”
About the Ticket Supplier: Arena Stage
Arena Stage today stands as a flagship American theater. Arena Stage was one of the first not-for-profit theaters in the United States, as well as a pioneer of the regional theater movement. It was the first regional theater to transfer a production to Broadway, the first invited by the U.S. State Department to tour behind the Iron Curtain, and the first to receive a Tony Award. Taking a leadership role in extending theater's horizons, Arena Stage has implemented groundbreaking policies and programs, promoting diversity in all aspects of theater, from theatergoing to production.
The Arena Stage legacy of world-class productions includes vast epics, charged dramas, rousing musicals, and probing profiles. From the monumental to the developmental, Arena Stage has helped build the canon of American theater. While they produce American classics, Arena Stage premieres new American plays and supported works in progress. They've nurtured artistic growth and engaged the community, broadening and intensifying the theatrical experience for one and all. And yet, in spite of it all, in their second half-century they see themselves as more fresh, restless and dynamic than ever.