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Rodgers and Hammerstein'sOklahoma!

JUL 8 – OCT 2, 2011

Extras & Insights

Oklahoma,
Where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,
And the wavin’ wheat
Can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.

From the Wings

Oklahoma, OK!: The Premiere phototext
Discover the legendary original production of this epic musical
Big Enough fer Two but not fer Three!: The Creation of R&H videophototext
The creation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's celebrated collaboration
Out of Her Dreams: Agnes de Mille and the Dream Ballet phototext
The story behind a dance revolution

Spotlight On…

It’s a Scandal, It’s a Outrage!: Oklahoma!’s Theater Revolution phototext
How Oklahoma! changed musical theater forever
All the Sounds of the Earth Are Like Music: The Play That Started It All phototext
Learn about Rodgers & Hammerstein’s inspiration: Lynn Riggs’ Green Grow the Lilacs
We Know We Belong to the Land, and the Land We Belong to Is Grandvideophototext
Delve into Oklahoma's complicated past – complete with a chase scene
Brand New State! Gonna Treat You Great!: From Territory to Statehood phototext
How Indian Territory became Oklahoma
Plen’y of Heart and Plen’y of Hope: Life in the Territories phototext
Explore the reality of living on the frontier at the turn of the century
Territory Folks Should Stick Together: The People of Oklahoma phototext
Explode the traditional image of the West with a history of diversity
Must Be Wanting Something: The Peddler’s Goods text
Peek in the peddler’s bag and see what it was like as a traveling salesman

Encore

Ee-eeow! A-yip-i-o-ee-ay!: The Western videophototextlink
Explore and relive the development of the Western in books, film and TV

Extras & Insights is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

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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