Oklahoma!


Score

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Studio Cast Recordings

Recordings listed here were done in the studio specifically to release as recordings. They do not represent cast recordings of a particular production.

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Studio Cast (1944)
James Melton, Eleanor Steber, Charles Thomas
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Studio Cast (1950)
Lee Carol, John Drake, Henry Cassidy, Earnscliffe Chorus
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Studio Cast (1950)
Lawrence Chelsi, Barbara Altman, Eddie Ruhl, Norma Cleary, Tom O'Leary
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Studio Cast (1950)
Elizabeth Larner, Barry Kent, Michael Sammes Singers
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Studio Cast (1952)
Nelson Eddy, Virginia Haskins, Kaye Ballard, Portia Nelson, Lee Cass
Studio Cast (1953)
John Raitt, Patricia Northrop
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Studio Cast (1959)
Bryan Johnson (i), Fred Lucas, Laurie Cornell, Pip Hinton, Barbara Leigh
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Studio Cast (1959)
Rosalind Page, Eula Parker, Bryan Johnson (i), Michael Sammes Singers
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Studio Cast (1960)
Stuart Foster, Lois Hunt, Fay DeWitt, Leonard Stokes, Keith Booth
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Studio Cast (1961)
Barbara Brown (ii), Barbara Elsy, Peter Felgate, Julian Orchard, George Romaine
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Studio Cast (1962)
Richard Torigi, Edgar Powell, Susan Shaute, Gretchen Rhoads, Paula Wayne
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Studio Cast (1966)
Anne Rogers, Tony Adams (i), Cheryl Kennedy, Betty Winsett, Richard Rox
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Studio Cast (1966)
John Raitt, Florence Henderson, Phyllis Newman (i), Jack Elliot (ii), Ara Berberian

Demos & Pre-Production Recordings

  • No demos listed.

Source Material

Based on the 1930 play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs.


Synopsis

On a farm in frontier Oklahoma, Laurey and Curley are obviously in love but conceal their feelings from each other by fighting. At a box social, their feelings become more complicated as another expresses interest in Laurey.


Trivia & History

It is sometimes stated that Oscar Hammerstein II wrote six flops in a row before writing Oklahoma! This is perhaps a bit confusing since his Broadway record does not reflect this. Music in the Air was a huge success in 1932, the longest-running musical of the 1932-1933 season. Hammerstein's next Broadway show was May Wine in 1935. At 213 performances, it was not a huge success, but it had a respectable run. Variety included the show in its list of hits for the 1935-1936 seson. In 1938, Gentlemen Unafraid never made it to Broadway after an initial run at the St. Louis Municipal Opera, but the reviews in St. Louis seem to have been good for the huge show Very Warm for May in 1939 was a failure, as was Sunny River in 1941.

During this time period, Hammerstein also had two shows in London. The first, Ball at the Savoy, ran 148 peformances at the Drury Lane, opening in September 1933. This was a Viennese operetta for which Hammerstein wrote the English lyrics and adapted the book into English. It was followed in April 1934 by an original titled Three Sisters. Unrelated to Chekhov's play, this was an original with book and lyrics by Hammerstein, and music by Jerome Kern. It ran only 45 performances.

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Alternate Titles

  • Away We Go! (pre-Broadway title)
  • Green Grow the Lilacs (source material)


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