Oklahoma! Opens at the Boardmore Playhouse

Oklahoma! is set to hit the stage on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. as part of the CBU Boardmore Theatre 40th Season of Plays. The musical takes place in Oklahoma Territory and tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams.

Directed by Bruce Cathcart and based on Lynn Riggs’ play Green Grow the Lilacs, the original Broadway production opened in 1943 and marked the beginning of the golden age of the Broadway musical. The music was written by composer Richard Rogers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II – their first collaboration.

“We chose Oklahoma! because it marked the beginning of the golden age of the American book musical, it’s a great family show, and it contains a wonderful variety of great songs. As well, its range of roles, from the comic to the romantic, to the tragic, gives actors a chance to showcase their acting and singing talents,” says Cathcart.

The story is that Aunt Eller Murphy has two ranch hands, Curly and Jud Fry, both of whom have taken a liking to Eller’s niece, Laurey. Curly is handsome and virile; Jud is a lonely, angry misfit. Laurey uses Jud in order to make Curly jealous; giving Jud reason to believe that he has a chance with the young farm girl. With the asset of a surrey with fringe on top, Curly wins over Laurey and they are married. Jud picks a fight with Curly, during which Jud falls on his knife and is killed. After a short trial, Curly is exonerated and ranchers and cowmen join together to celebrate the new state of Oklahoma.

The Boardmore Theatre Box Office is open one week prior to performances, Monday to Friday, 1-5 p.m. and one hour before show time the week of the production. March 1-5, shows open at 7 p.m., March 6 at 2 p.m. March 1 is Pay What You Can and March 4 is Talk Back Night.

For more information please visit www.cbu.ca/boardmore.