'Oklahoma!': 70th Anniversary

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'Oklahoma!': 70th Anniversary

The Sooner State on Broadway

http://catalog.dclibrary.org/vufind/bookcover.php?isn=088188099X&size=largeThe popular musical Oklahoma! is 70 years old. The original production opened on Broadway at the St. James Theater in New York City on March 31, 1943, and ran for 2,212 performances.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II based the story on the 1931 play "Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs. Oklahoma! was a huge success. It won several awards, including a special Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1944. In 1955, it was adapted as a movie featuring Gordon MacRay, Shirley Jones, Eddie Albert and Ron Steiger and won two Academy Awards.

In honor of the musical's 60th anniversary, the film version of Trevor Nunn's 1999 London stage revival starring Hugh Jackman as Curly was broadcast on PBS's Great Performances in 2003. The musical has been performed in the U.S. and internationally, and "Oklahoma!" became the state song of Oklahoma.

You can check out copies of the musical score and the movie from the library.

-- Elisa Babel, Adult Librarian