We are opening our 50th Anniversary Season with a timeless classic, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary.
The first collaboration by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma! is often considered the single most important work in the musical theatre canon. The original production was a smash hit on Broadway running for an unprecedented 2,212 performances. It’s had countless revivals, national tours, an Academy Award-winning film adaptation, and won a special Pulitzer Prize for Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1944.
Based on Lynn Riggs’ play, Green Grow the Lilacs, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! centers on life in the early 1900s in the rural farmland of Oklahoma, and the love story between Curly and Laurey.
Full of familiar tunes that will get you humming and your toes tapping, this rousing and optimistic story of love and redemption, renewal and hard work is sure to resonate with our entire Houston community!
Rodgers & Hammerstein is the organization founded in 1944 by the legendary team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II to protect and license their theatrical works. R&H own the rights to the world’s most popular stage and film musicals, including OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, THE KING AND I, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. With offices in New York City and London, the theatrical licensing division, R&H Theatricals, represents the stage performance rights to over 150 musicals by more than 200 writers. Collectively these include works by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rodgers & Hart (BABES IN ARMS, PAL JOEY), Kern & Hammerstein (SHOW BOAT), Kurt Weill (THE THREEPENNY OPERA, ONE TOUCH OF VENUS), Adam Guettel (FLOYD COLLINS, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA), as well as the incomparable, Irving Berlin (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, WHITE CHRISTMAS). R&H Theatricals is home to works from Broadway (SOPHISTICATED LADIES, Michael John LaChiusa’s THE WILD PARTY, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s IN THE HEIGHTS, [TITLE OF SHOW] and FIRST DATE), Off-Broadway (CARRIE THE MUSICAL, ORDINARY DAYS, ALTAR BOYZ, GIANT, 21 CHUMP STREET), perennials such as ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, BIG RIVER and FOOTLOOSE, a Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) collection which includes GARFIELD THE MUSICAL WITH CATTITUDE and MAD LIBS LIVE!, and the longest-running revues in the history of Broadway – SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE – and Off-Broadway – I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE. Rodgers & Hammerstein is an Imagem company: www.rnh.com.