Wednesday, September 24

New tour of Oklahoma! starring Belinda Lang and Gary Wilmot

A new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is to  tour the UK and Ireland next year, opening at the Derngate Theatre in Northampton on 19th February 2015 and currently ending at the Wyombe Swan in August.

It will be Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh (The Sound of Music at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park and Love Story, which ran in both Chichester and the West End) with new choreography by Drew McOnie (In the Heights at Southwark Playhouse) , musical direction from Steve Ridley, set and costume design by Francis O'Connor, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Ben Harrison.

It features a cast of 20 and a live orchestra and will star Belinda Lang (School for Scandal, Ladies in Lavender) as Aunt Eller, Gary Wilmot (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pajama Game) as Ali Hakim, Ashley Day (The Book of Mormon, The Wizard of Oz) as Curly, Charlotte Wakefield (The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia!) as Laurey and Nic Greenshields (Guys and Dolls, Billy Elliot) as Jud Fry.

It was revived at the National Theatre in 1998 where it ran for 2 years starring  Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman.

Oklahoma! tells the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers: cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams ans cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie. in Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s. It features the classic numbers Oh What a Beautiful mornin', The Surrey with the Fringe on Top, People Will Say We're in Love and of course Oklahoma

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