Choreographer Susan Stroman confirmed (Nov. 12) that the Trevor Nunn Oklahoma! revival will be making its way to Broadway, "probably next winter." The West End revival, starring Hugh Jackman and Josefina Gabrielle, garnered rave reviews from press members on both sides of the ocean, which led to general speculation of a Broadway transfer. According to Stroman [reached at a press preview for this year's MSG Christmas Carol] the producers are hoping to keep the London cast intact, though that would depend on the negotiations with Actors' Equity.
Rather than simply do another production of a beloved musical, Nunn -- like Nicholas Hytner with Carousel -- sought to re-interpret the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic for contemporary audiences. Nunn recontextualized the piece, taking new looks at "out-dated" musical theatre conventions, like the famed Oklahoma! dream ballet.
Future projects for Stroman include an upcoming five-week workshop at Lincoln Center in January 1999 of a new musical by John Weidman (Assassins, Pacific Overtures) called Contact . Stroman told PBOL it "contains lots of different music by people like the Squirrel Nut Zippers" and that there were no future plans for it until they see how the workshop goes.