The award-winning film, the first time in wide release in 60 years, is fully restored and boasts an extended pre-show featurette with Tony-winning Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth singing songs from the classic musical. The film is being presented through a partnership between BY Experience and the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.
Here is a clip of a Chenoweth performance of the show's "I Cain't Say No":
Here is the official trailer from the event, with sparkling samples of the restored film:
"I can remember watching 'Oklahoma!' and my heart soared," said Chenoweth in a statement. "A musical about the very place where I was growing up that has always remained special to me. From the very first downbeat of the overture to the very last note of this score, 'Oklahoma!' is my favorite musical."
Here is a brief clip from Chenoweth's featurette:
More than 50 professionals from Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation spent in excess of 3,500 man hours restoring the film’s 275,678 frames. The nine-month process was completed early in 2014. This limited release will have more than 800 screenings nationwide.
The 1943 musical was the first collaboration of lyricist-librettist Oscar Hammerstein II and composer Richard Rodgers. The score includes "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "I Cain't Say No," "Out of My Dreams" and the title song. The 1955 film, which won two Academy Awards, starred Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood and Shirley Jones.
Tickets for the "Oklahoma!" special event are available at participating theatre box offices and online at Oklahoma60.com.
Here is the opening sequence from the film, including the first stanza of "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'":
Here is a sample of "People Will Say We're in Love" with Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones:
The cast sings a sample of the title song: