Classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! is returning to London this Spring.
Coming to the Young Vic for a strictly limited season from 26 April to 25 June 2021, the show is a transfer of the 2019 smash-hit Broadway revival of the show.
Directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Fish, the production has been completely re-staged and re-orchestrated for the 21st century.
The production won a Tony Award in 2019 for Best Revival of a Musical. It was originally developed, produced and premiered at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in New York in July 2015. It was then re-developed and produced by St. Ann’s Warehouse and Eva Price at the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Theater, Brooklyn, NY, in Autumn 2018, before transferring to Broadway, to enjoy a 328-performance run at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
The musical is coming to the Young Vic as a co-production with Broadway mega-producer Eva Price, and West End producers Sonia Friedman Productions and Michael Harrison.
Alongside Daniel Fish as director, the creative team includes Orchestrations, Arrangements & Music Supervision by Daniel Kluger, choreography by John Heginbotham, set design by Laura Jellinek, costume design by Terese Wadden, lighting design by Scott Zielinski, sound design by Drew Levy, projection designer by Joshua Thorson, casting director by Jacob Sparrow, associate director by Jordan Fein and associate set designer by Grace Laubacher.
No word yet on casting, or if the production is going to transfer into the West End.
Oklahoma! has music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It’s based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs. The original production of Oklahoma! opened at the St. James Theatre in New York on 31 March 1943.
News of Oklahoma! comes as the Young Vic announces its new 2022 Spring Season at the theatre, including new play The Collaboration starring Jeremy Pope and Paul Bettany.
(Main image: the 2019 Broadway production)