PHOTO CALL: Oklahomans Travel to NYC to See Oklahoma!

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Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Oklahoma natives traveled to New York City for the March 21 opening of the classic musical Oklahoma! including musical comedy star Kristen Chenoweth and Oklahoma governor Frank Keating with his wife Cathy. Although she's a Pennslyvania girl herself, Shirley Jones (left of the governor) starred as Laurey in the film version of Oklahoma!.

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.