Oklahoma! Tour Cities Include Denver, Houston, Philly, Atlanta, Seattle, Cincy in 2004

News   Oklahoma! Tour Cities Include Denver, Houston, Philly, Atlanta, Seattle, Cincy in 2004
The non-Equity national tour of Oklahoma! — inspired producer Cameron Mackintosh's London and Broadway staging — will play major U.S. markets in the 2003-04 season.

A creative team and a full itinerary for the staging has not been announced by the producer of the tour, NETworks Presentations, LLC. Playbill On-Line culled a partial list of tour cities from websites of individual markets around the country. The following list is not meant to be complete.

It's thought that the non-union staging of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical will be based on production elements created in London in 1999 and Broadway in 2002 by director Trevor Nunn, choreographer Susan Stroman and set and costume designer Anthony Ward, but credits for the tour could not be confirmed as of May 9.

NETworks Presentations' recent touring projects have included Equity tours of tick, tick...BOOM! and Seussical as well as non-Equity runs of Ragtime, Rent and Fosse. Discussions between the Equity and NETworks did not lead to an Equity contract for the show.

Critics and audiences found Nunn's new vision of the classic a naturalistic change of pace from bright-eyed revivals of the past. The look and feel of the show were grittier, reflecting the hardscrabble life of the Oklahoma territory folk around 1900.

Among destinations for Oklahoma! are the Buell Theatre in Denver (Dec. 14, 2003-Jan. 3, 2004), Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI (Jan. 13-18, 2004), the Fox Theatre in Atlanta (Jan. 20-25, 2004), Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville (Jan. 27 Feb. 1, 2004), the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio (Feb. 3 8, 2004), Keller Auditorium in Portland, OR (Feb. 17-22, 2004), the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City (Feb. 24-29, 2004), the Paramount in Seattle (March 2-7, 2004), the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT (March 23-28, 2004), the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, OH (March 30-April 4, 2004), the Merriam Theatre in Philadelphia (April 6-11, 2004), Aronoff Center in Cincinnati (April 13-25, 2004), the Saenger Center in New Orleans (May 11-16, 2004), ASU's Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ (June 8-13, 2004), the Colonial Theatre in Boston (beginning May 25, 2004), Orange County Performing Arts Center in Orange County, CA (June 15-20, 2004), the Hobby Center in Houston (July 6-18, 2004), the Marcus Center in Milwaukee (Aug. 3-8, 2004).

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