Look Back at the Original Production of Oklahoma! on Broadway

Archival Photos   Look Back at the Original Production of Oklahoma! on Broadway
The show celebrates its 76th anniversary since opening March 31, 1943, at the St. James Theatre.
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Joan Roberts, Joseph Buloff, Betty Garde, and Celeste Holm Vandamm Studio/©NYPL for the Performing Arts

Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical Oklahoma! is based on Lynn Riggs' play Green Grow the Lilacs, which appeared on Broadway in 1931. Originally titled Away We Go!, the show premiered at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven in 1943, and later at the Colonial Theatre in Boston where it was further developed ahead of its Broadway run.

Renamed Oklahoma!, the musical opened on Broadway at the St. James in 1943 and ran for almost five years, setting records with its 2,212 performances. The show featured a cast that included Alfred Drake, Howard Da Silva, Joan Roberts, and Celeste Holm. The production featured dance sequences by Agnes de Mille that broke new ground in choreography

Look back at the originial production below:

Daniel Fish's reimagined revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is set to open at the Circle in the Square Theatre April 7 after beginning preview performances March 19. The production, featuring new arrangements and orchestrations by Daniel Kluger, was first mounted at Bard College in 2015, which was followed by a sold-out run at St. Ann's Warehouse in the fall of 2018.

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