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Rodgers and Hammerstein'sOklahoma!

JUL 8 – OCT 2, 2011

Music by Richard Rodgers
Directed by Molly Smith
Choreography by Parker Esse

Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs
Original dances by Agnes de Mille
Musical Direction by George Fulginiti-Shakar

in the Fichandler


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Winner of 4 Helen Hayes Awards

Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Lead Actor for Nicholas Rodriguez (Curly)
Outstanding Choreography for Parker Esse
Outstanding Musical Direction for George Fulginiti-Shakar

Back by Popular demand

The best-selling show in Arena's 60 year history is back for 12 weeks only! This is not your mother’s Oklahoma!. Inspired by the toughness of the prairie, Artistic Director Molly Smith sets her production in the robust world of territory life filled with a dynamic cast as rich and complex as the great tapestry of America itself. With Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless music, Oklahoma! celebrates the vigor of America’s pioneering spirit with athletic dance and boot-stomping energy. Chock full of classic tunes such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” and “People will Say We’re in Love,” this muscular production will thrill audiences young and old.

Oklahoma! runs approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.


“Broadway-ready … Divinely enjoyable.”

— Washington Post

“I love this show.”
“Be a part of history and see the Arena Stage's
all-time, best-selling show.”

— Broadway World

“Absolutely wonderful…The pace is perfect, the voices are incredible, the choreography and direction are gripping and completely on point.  And absolutely everyone is attractive.  What else do you really need?”

“Invigorating, entertaining and thoughtful .”

“If you have ever, for a moment, enjoyed a musical (Newsies counts!), go see Oklahoma! at Arena Stage.”

— Brightest Young Things

“Go see Oklahoma!, it’s sure to put a smile on your face even in the dog days of a D.C. summer.”

— We Love DC

Oklahoma! revival generates awfully loud Broadway buzz!”

— The New York Times

“You just cain’t say no to Arena Stage’s Oklahoma!
“Quite simply an enchantment...Molly Smith infuses a musical that sometimes can come across as a nostalgia piece with the energy of a new age.”

— The Washington Post

“Just about perfect!”

— Bloomberg

“Molly Smith managed to capture the feeling that motivated the show in its initial production and which no one else has been able to quite capture ever since... I've never seen a production of this classic where it all worked so well.”

— The Toronto Star

“From top to bottom, the cast is robustly at the top of their game...pitch perfect”

— DC Theatre Scene

“A pleasingly polished, high-energy hoe-down...leaves you humming long after you've left the theater.”

— TheatreMania

“Molly Smith has a hit on her hands....a must-see production that will entertain the entire family.”

— Washington Life

“Positively refreshing …
an old fashioned hoedown has never felt so thrilling.”


“A triumphant paean to the pioneer spirit with wonderful voices, high-stepping strutters, and enough
exuberance to raise the roof...Four stars!”

— Washingtonian

“Well done, Arena! Oklahoma! is more than OK; it's terrific.”

— Curtain Up

“Excels on numerous levels...a superb cast!”

— Washington Times

“Every inch a rousing crowd-pleaser.”

— City Paper

American Voices

Molly Smith
and Edgar Dobie

“When we first opened Oklahoma! last fall, audiences couldn’t get enough of it, and it was difficult to have to turn people away at the box office,” shares Executive Producer Edgar Dobie. “Even though it was playing to an average of 99% capacity each performance, we couldn’t extend to meet demand this winter due to the next incoming show in the Fichandler. However, we’re so pleased to bring it back again this summer.”

Smith adds, “The optimism and drive of the characters exploring a new frontier matched the ambition Arena Stage staff felt as we opened our new theater complex. It was thrilling that audiences shared that enthusiasm and supported our inaugural production in our new home.”

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