The cast has been revealed for the forthcoming Young Vic production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical Oklahoma!
Daniel Fish’s striking New York revival of the show is coming to the Young Vic from 26 April to 25 June 2022.
This production originally premiered at the Richard B. Fisher Center in upstate New York in 2015, ahead of its New York premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2018, winning a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
Arthur Darvill has been cast as Curly McLain, alongside Anoushka Lucas as Laurey Williams, James Davis as Will Parker, Stavros Demetraki as Ali Hakim, Olivier Award nominee Liza Sadovy as Aunt Eller, Patrick Vaill as Jud Fry and Marisha Wallace as Ado Annie.
The cast is complete with Raphael Bushay as Mike, Greg Hicks as Andrew Carnes, Rebekah Hinds as Gertie Cummings, Ashley Samuels as Cord Elam, and Marie Mence as the lead dancer.
The show promises to present Oklahoma! as you’ve never seen it before, completely re-orchestrated and reimagined. Seventy-five years after Rodgers and Hammerstein reinvented the American musical, this visionary production is funny and sexy, provocative and probing, without changing a word of the text.
Oklahoma! tells the story of a community banding together against an outsider, and the frontier life that shaped America.
The creative team for Oklahoma! consists of co-directors Daniel Fish and Jordan Fein, with Orchestrations, Arrangements by Daniel Kluger and Co-Music Supervision by Daniel Kluger and Nathan Koci, Choreography by John Heginbotham, Co-Set Design by Laura Jellinek and Grace Laubacher, Costume Design by Terese Wadden, Lighting Design by Scott Zielinski, Sound Design by Drew Levy, Projection Design by Joshua Thorson, Musical Director Tom Brady and Casting by Jacob Sparrow, with Associate Choreographer Shelby Williams Assistant Director Nimmo Ismail, Associate Costume Designer Rachel Townsend, Associate Lighting Designer Fiffi Thorsteinsson, Associate Musical Director Huw Evans, Dialect Coach Sam Lilja and Orchestral Manager David Gallagher.
Arthur Darvill told the press today that: “I am thrilled to be pulling up my cowboy boots and joining the cast of Oklahoma. This is one of those parts that comes along once in a lifetime. I feel very lucky indeed to be working on this groundbreaking production with such an extraordinary group of people.”
Anoushka Lukas said: “I feel so incredibly lucky to be playing Laurey in such a fresh, raw and original production of one of my all time favourite musicals. I grew up watching Oklahoma on screen and on stage, so the fact that I now get to be part of this magnificent reimagining (and at the Young Vic!) is a dream come true. I cannot wait.”
Patrick Vaill said: “I can’t wait to share this story and Daniel’s staggering vision of it with this cast and with audiences here. To perform in the UK and at the Young Vic at all, let alone in this production that is so thrilling to play and that I believe in so deeply, is an honor and a privilege beyond even my most wishful thinking. I think it’ll be a powerful experience.”
Oklahoma! is produced by the Young Vic, Broadway’s Eva Price, and West End producers Sonia Friedman Productions and Michael Harrison.
Currently playing at the Young Vic is The Collaboration to get Broadway transfer, new movie version starring Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope