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Oklahoma!

Oklahoma!

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Pictured above: John Riddle, Pamela Myers, Julia Johannos, Michelle Rombola, Nick laughlin, Patrick Shelton, Eric Huffman, Hannah Freeman, Max Clayton, Chris Blem and members of the company.

Oklahoma!

Production Photographs by Mark Lyons

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKLAHOMA!

a musical by

Richard Rodgers and
Oscar Hammerstein II

directed and
choreographed by
Diane Lala

musical direction by
Roger Grodsky

guest artist
Pamela Myers

November 2011

 

"If you've ever wondered why musical theater fans think of Oklahoma! as the show that launched the 'Golden Age' of musical theater, you need to get a ticket for this weekend's CCM performance of the 1943 classic by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It's a stunning production firing on all cylinders. The cast is first-rate, especially John Riddle as handsome cowboy Curly McLain and Chris Blem as threatening Jud Fry. Julia Johanos is a feisty Laurey Williams, and CCM and Broadway veteran Pamela Myers comes back to where she got her start to play Aunt Eller, full of wisdom, piss and vinegar.

"You are in for a choreographic treat, too. The dancing is based on the show's original choreography by the legendary Agnes DeMille, and we get to see every bit of it, including the often-deleted dream ballet that concludes the first act. It sure adds to the reminders as to why this show set so many trends and traditions in motion. The dancing of "Dream Laurey" and "Dream Curly" (Hannah Freeman and Max Clayton) is especially noteworthy."

City Beat

 

 

 

 

Banner above: Eric Huffman and the Men in "Kansas City."

Banner below: "The Farmer and the Cowman."