Photo by Michael Le Poer Trench
Oklahoma! was based on Lynn Riggs' play, Green Grow the Lilacs, about innocent folk in the Oklahoma territory around the turn of the century, prior to statehood. The musical marked the first collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein and resulted in the well-loved tunes "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Surrey With a Fringe on Top," "I Cain't Say No" and "People Will Say We're in Love." This revival originated at the Royal National Theatre in 1998 with Trevor Nunn directing and Susan Stroman choreographing, before transferring to Broadway's Gershwin Theatre with that team intact.