At the Young Vic Theater on the south bank of London, the old favorite musical Oklahoma! has gone on stage with a whole new feeling. Originally written by the duo Rogers and Hammerstein (in addition to the classic ‘The Sound of Music’), the musical debuted on Broadway for the first time on March 31, 1943. The musical was based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs and was a moment. success, won many awards and an Oscar-winning film adaptation in 1955.
Oklahoma! takes place in rural Claremore, Indian Territory in 1906. It tells the story of farmgirl Laurey Williams and her romances with two rival suitors: cowboy Curly McLain and nervous farmer Jud Fry. In Young Vic’s modification, the role of Laurey is played by the unique Anoushka Lucas, and her captivating performance kept the audience in awe; wondered who she would end up with.
This new interpretation is fun, enticing and gripping and uses all the same words, music and songs as the original version. The audience is brought as close as possible to the action, with seats around the stage and the orchestra and the actors gathered in one room. Fantastic choreography presents the audience with both happy and meaningful dance sequences that match the mood and plot of the piece.
Daniel Fish’s adaptation of Oklahoma! at the Young Vic does the original justice while bringing modern elements to the nearly century-old classic. A must-see for all theater and music lovers.