The National Theatre’s 1998 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Oklahoma!’ is heading to the silver screens. The Olivier Award-winning revival starred then-newcomer Hugh Jackman as Curly and was filmed following the record-breaking London run.
The film will be screened in more than 800 cinemas for two days only – Sunday, July 16, and Wednesday, July 19. Screenings will be held in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Norway, and Australia. Buy the movie tickets here!
The film is directed by three-time Tony Award winner Trevor Nunn and choreographed by five-time Tony award winner Susan Stroman. The stage production transferred to London’s West End in 1999 and won four Olivier Awards, including Outstanding Musical production.
Hugh Jackman (The Music Man, Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman), is joined by Maureen Lipman as Aunt Eller, Josefina Gabrielle as Laurie, Tony and Olivier winner Shuler Hensley (The Music Man) Jud Fry, Vicki Simon as Ado Annie, Jimmy Johnston as Will parker, and Peter Polycarpou as Ali Hakim.
Trafalgar Releasing, in partnership with Concord Originals and the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, will present the screenings, coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the musical’s 1943 premiere.
“The 80th anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! allows us to share this quintessential slice of Americana with global fans,” says Kymberli Frueh, senior vice-presidential of Content and Programming Acquisitions at Trafalgar Releasing. “This particular production is acknowledged as one of the best through the eight decades of performances in theatres around the world.”
Based on Lynn Riggs’ Green Grow the Lilacs, Oklahoma! Features music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics and a libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II. Some of its most memorable songs include “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and the title tune, “Oklahoma!”
The revival continues its West End at Wyndham’s Theatre through Sept. 2, 2023. Tickets here!