RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S “OKLAHOMA!” WILL OPEN ON BROADWAY THIS SEASON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
TIME MAGAZINE’S #1 THEATRICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
THE NEW YORK TIMES’ BEST THEATER & PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
THE BARD SUMMERSCAPE PRODUCTION OF
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S
TO OPEN AT BROADWAY’S CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE
FOLLOWING RAVE-GARNERING RUN AT ST. ANN’S WAREHOUSE
DIRECTED BY DANIEL FISH
THE AMERICAN CLASSIC RE-IMAGINED
BEGINS ITS LIMITED ENGAGEMENT MARCH 19, 2019
OPENS APRIL 7
New York, NY (December 11, 2018) – Producer Eva Price announced today that The Bard SummerScape production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, which had a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at St. Ann’s Warehouse this fall, will transfer to Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway). Oklahoma! will begin previews on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, with an official opening on Sunday, April 7, 2019 and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, September 1, 2019. Directed by Daniel Fish, the production has been hailed as the Best of the Year and a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times and the #1 Theatrical Event of the Year by TIME Magazine.
Seventy-five years after Rodgers & Hammerstein reinvented the American musical, this is Oklahoma! as you’ve never seen or heard it before, re-orchestrated and reimagined for the 21st century.
“What an incredible moment to be producing on Broadway, in the middle of this wonderfully eclectic season spurred by an audience that is hungry for bold, daring work,” Eva Price said. “Daniel Fish’s timeless and timely revival of this classic speaks so vividly to the place we as Americans are living in today.”
Oklahoma! features music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, with original dances by Agnes de Mille.
Oklahoma! was presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn from September 27 – November 11, 2018. The creative team for the St. Ann’s production included: Daniel Kluger (Orchestrations, Arrangements & Music Supervision), John Heginbotham (New Choreography), Nathan Koci (Music Direction), Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design, based on an original concept by John Conklin), Terese Wadden (Costume Design), Scott Zielinski (Lighting Design), Drew Levy (Sound Design), and Joshua Thorson (Projection Design). Casting by Will Cantler and Adam Caldwell/Telsey & Co.
Tickets for Oklahoma! will go on pre-sale to American Express cardholders on Sunday, December 16, 2018 beginning at 10AM EST. Presale tickets will then go on sale exclusively to Audience Rewards® members from January 2, 2019 at 10AM through January 5, 2019 at 9:59AM EST. It’s free and fast to join at www.AudienceRewards.com. The production will go on sale to the general public beginning on Saturday, January 5, 2019 and tickets will be available for purchase on Telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200.
The cast for the run at St. Ann’s starred: Rebecca Naomi Jones as Laurey, Damon Daunno as Curly, two-time Tony Award-nominee Mary Testa as Aunt Eller, Patrick Vaill as Jud Fry, Ali Stroker as Ado Annie, James Davis as Will Parker, Michael Nathanson as Ali Hakim and Mitch Tebo as Andrew Carnes and featured Mallory Portnoy as Gerti Cummings and others, Anthony Cason as Cord and Will Mann as Mike.
Casting for the Broadway production will be announced soon.
This production was originally developed, produced, and premiered at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Chair; Leon Botstein, President; Gideon Lester, Artistic Director; Bob Bursey, Executive Director; Caleb Hammons, Senior Producer) in July 2015. This production of Oklahoma! was subsequently developed and produced by St. Ann’s Warehouse at the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Theater, Brooklyn, NY, Fall 2018.
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“Thrilling, audacious, and delightful. This has always been a very American story but has never felt so much of one until now.”
–The New York Times
“Without sacrificing the show’s humor or the beauty of its music, Fish and his company have created a charged, scary production, a story about the aggressions and ambiguities entwined deep in the root system of America.”
-New York Magazine
“Sexy, suspenseful and with a fresh, exuberant sound, this is an Oklahoma! to hoot and cheer and stomp your boots at!”
-New York Observer
“This vivid, stripped-down revival offers audiences a new vision of themselves.”
-The New Yorker
“Daniel Fish gives a daring, brilliant, utterly absorbing re-interpretation. The production is played, extremely skillfully, for laughs and the very opposite of laughs.”
–The Daily Beast
“A powerful revival! Fish’s vision treats Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1943 musical with deep respect.”
-Time Out NY
“Fish’s excavation of Oklahoma! is essential viewing for any musical theater fan who thinks they know everything about this particular show.”
“Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma! is a grand success and well worth visiting!”
-NY Stage Review
B I O G R A P H I E S
DANIEL FISH is a New York-based director who makes work across the boundaries of theater, film, and opera. He draws on a broad range of forms and subject matter including plays, film scripts, contemporary fiction, essays and found audio. His recent work includes White Noise, inspired by the novel by Don DeLillo (Ruhrfestspiele Recklingshausen), Michael Gordon’s opera, Acquanetta (Prototype Festival), Don’t Look Back (The Chocolate Factory), Who Left This Fork Here (Baryshnikov Arts Center, Onassis Center), Ted Hearne’s The Source (Bam Next Wave, L.A Opera, San Francisco Opera), Oklahoma! (Bard Summerscape), and Eternal. His work has been seen at theaters and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe including, The Walker Arts Center, PuSH, Teatro Nacional D. Maria, Lisbon/Estoril Film Festival, Vooruit, Festival TransAmériques, Noorderzon Festival, The Chocolate Factory, The Public Theater’s Under The Radar, Opera Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater, American Repertory Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College, Yale Repertory Theater, McCarter Theater, Signature Theater, The Shakespeare Theater Company, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Staatstheater Braunschweig, and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Residencies and commissions include The MacDowell Colony, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Mass MOCA, The Chocolate Factory, The Bushwick Starr, LMCC/ Governor’s Island. He is graduate of Northwestern University’s Department of Performance Studies and has taught at The Juilliard School, Bard College, Princeton University, and The Department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is the recipient of the 2017 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for the Theater.
EVA PRICE is a two-time Tony Award-winning producer whose credits include over 15 Broadway plays, musicals, and concerts. She is a member of The Broadway League’s Board of Governors and was named one of Crain’s NY 40 Under Forty Rising Business Stars. Most recently, she joined the producing team at Level Forward, a new entertainment enterprise started by Killer Content and Abigail Disney to create story-driven/impact-minded properties across live, digital and filmed platforms; focusing on work, by and for, marginalized communities. Current and notable productions include: Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill (A.R.T.); Angels in America (Tony-winning Broadway Revival starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield); Dear Evan Hansen (6 Tony Awards); On Your Feet! (The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan); Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!; Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards); Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld); Annie (Tony-Nominated Musical Revival); The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony-Nominated Play Revival); Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking; The Addams Family (starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth); as well as several solo shows and critically acclaimed concerts starring The Temptations & The Four Tops; Kathy Griffin; Lewis Black; and Hershey Felder. Recent off-Broadway projects include Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical (le Poisson Rouge, National Tour); the Drama Desk-nominated Found (Atlantic Theater Company & Philadelphia Theatre Company); Benjamin Scheuer’s award-winning The Lion (Drama Desk winner, Off-West End winner for Best Musical); and Bess Wohl’s critically acclaimed Small Mouth Sounds. International and Touring Credits include: The Hip Hop Nutcracker, featuring Rap Icon Kurtis Blow, as well as The Magic School Bus, Live!: The Climate Challenge; Ella, a bio musical about the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald; ‘S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical; Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona The Musical, Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano (National Tour and Japan), The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Private Jokes, Public Places (London). For five years Eva worked as an assignment editor and coordinating producer for special projects at ABC News, spending her last year producing and reporting on stories relating to Broadway for ABCNews.com.
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