Multi-Ethnic Oklahoma! to Star Eric Ankrim, Alexandra Zorn and Kyle Scatliffe at 5th Avenue Theatre
By Adam Hetrick
Eric Ankrim, Alexandra Zorn and Kyle Scatliffe will help forge a "brand new state" in the 5th Avenue Theatre production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Oklahoma!
Donald Byrd, a Tony nominee for his choreography for the Broadway musical The Color Purple, will choreograph the production, which will also include members of his Spectrum Dance Theatre. Peter Rothstein will direct the classic musical, which will run Feb. 3-March 4.
Ankrim will play Curly, opposite Zorn as Laurie and Scatliffe as Jud. The cast also includes Seattle veteran Anne Allgood as Aunt Eller, Kirsten deLohr Helland as Ado Annie, Matt Owen as Will Parker and Daniel C. Levine as Ali Hakim.
Completing the cast are Allen Fitzpatrick, David Pichette, Blaine Boyd, Jared Michael Brown, Jeanette D'Armand, Sarah Rose Davis, Kevin Douglass, Mary Jo Dugaw, Eric Esteb, Kassandra Haddock, Mallory King, Jonathan Paul Lee, Sonya Meyer, Christie Murphy, Daniel Oakden, Ben Sasnett, and Carolyn Willems Van Dijk, with Josh Spell and Kara Walsh featured in the dream ballet as Curly and Laurey.
Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theater will be represented with dancers Jeraboam Bozeman, Ty Alexander Cheng, Derek Crescenti, Jade Solomon Curtis, Donald Jones Jr., Vincent Michael Lopez, Amber Nicole Mayberry, Shadou Mintrone, Kate Monthy and Briley Neugebauer.
The children's ensemble will include Nicholas Hayes, Cameron Washington and DeChé Washington.
The design team includes Matthew Smucker (set design), Lynda L. Salsbury (costume design), Tom Sturge (lighting design), Ken Travis (sound design), Mary Pyanowski (hair/makeup design) and Geoffrey Aim (fight choreography). The production will use Robert Russell Bennett's original orchestrations.
Oklahoma!, the first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, was originally titled Away We Go. During out-of-town tryouts, the addition of the song "Oklahoma!" proved so rousing, it became the title of the musical as well.
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