Stage Spy News: The Young Vic announced last week that the 2019 Broadway production of Oklahoma! is to be staged in London, helmed by the Broadway production’s director Daniel Fish.
But the co-producers of the show aren’t your everyday partners, with the original Broadway producer Eva Price involved, plus West End producer/impresario Sonia Friedman Productions and high-profile London producer Michael Harrison.
The Young Vic run is a short but sweet 2 months (26 April to 25 June 2022), so we are assuming, and hoping, and praying, that the show will move on to somewhere bigger, and for longer, in Summer 2022.
Sonia Friedman is arguably today’s most important and prolific West End producer, with a long track-record of producing successful musicals and plays in London. Her current productions in the West End include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre; The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre; The Shark is Broken at the Ambassadors Theatre; and starting tonight, 3 December, at the Bush Theatre, Fair Play written by Ella Road.
Forthcoming shows from Sonia Friedman include Ruth Wilson in The Human Voice at the Harold Pinter Theatre from March 2022; To Kill a Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre starring Rafe Spall from March 2022; Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre from April 2022 starring Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook; Robert Icke’s production of Oedipus; and Mark Rylance in Dr Semmelweis at the Bristol Old Vic from January.
Sonia Friedman Productions is also active in the US, producing Funny Girl on Broadway in March 2022 starring Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice and Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, plus a US tour of Mean Girls.
Michael Harrison is one of the West End’s key producers through his Michael Harrison Entertainment company. His productions currently include Beverly Knight musical The Drifter’s Girl at the Garrick Theatre; and forthcoming festive treat Pantoland at the Palladium starring Donny Osmond and Julian Clary; and the UK tour of Disney musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which is also rumoured to be coming into the London at some point. Harrison also produced the recent revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jospeh and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat the London Palladium.
Eva Price is a multi Tony Award winning producer, through her Maximum Entertainment Productions with Avram Freedberg. Current productions on Broadway include Jagged Little Pill at the Broadhurst Theatre; Tina – The Tina Turner Musical; and Dear Evan Hansen; and the US tours of Oklahoma! and What The Constitution Means To Me.
We have everything crossed that Oklahoma! will get a longer run in the West End!
(Main image: Broadway production of Oklahoma!)