Friday, July 21

Cast announced for John Wilson Orchestra Oklahoma! at the BBC Proms:

A star studded cast has today been revealed for the BBC Proms performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (Friday 11 August, 2:00pm & 7:30pm - Royal Albert Hall, London).
Actress Belinda Lang takes up the role of Aunt Eller and is joined by musical theatre stars Nathaniel Hackmann as Curly, Robert Fairchild/ Will Parker, Scarlet Strallen as Laurey with  David Seadon-Young/Jud Fry , Lizzy Connolly/Ado Annie  and comedian Marcus Brigstocke as Ali Hakim together with a supporting cast of the west end’s leading singers and dancers including Ensemble step outs:Andrew Carnes - Clive Carter (from vocal ensemble) Gertie Cummings - Melle Stewart (from female vocal ensemble)Ike Skidmore - Emmanuel Kojo (from vocal ensemble)Cord Elam - James Leece (from dance ensemble)

 Oklahoma! was the first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1943 and is based on Lynn Riggs’ play Green Grow the Lilacs. It includes classic hits such as Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, People Will Say We’re in Love and the title tune, Oklahoma.

The semi-staged production is masterminded by stage director Rachel Kavanaugh and choreographer Alastair David, accompanied by conductor John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra. This year marks ten years since John Wilson first performed at the BBC Proms and eight years since the John Wilson Orchestra made its Proms debut. His much-loved appearances with the John Wilson Orchestra at the festival continue to grow in ambition, with this production being no exception.  The show will be Broadcast  live on BBC Radio 3 and televised on BBC Four the same evening.

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