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Countdown to OKLAHOMA!—5 days!

37 members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra will play an Oklahoma! of almost operatic proportions, featuring the original Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations. According to Lyric conductor James Lowe, “We have been able to re-create the score in a way that I don't think has been done in many years. People are going to hear the music in a new way. There's so much warmth and lyricism in it."

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It's only Monday afternoon, but Lyric's dance card for the weekend is already full. Oklahoma! opens Saturday, May 4, at 7:30pm. 

For a behind-the-scenes preview, check out 91-year-old choreographer Gemze de Lappe, who danced Dream Laurey in the national company and London run of the original 1943 production.

 

Rodgers and Hammerstein's heroine dances to her own tune. So naturally Lyric's Laurey, Ashley Brown, was excited for her first rehearsal with the Lyric Opera Orchestra: 

37 members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra will play an Oklahoma! of almost operatic proportions, featuring the original Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations. Most Broadway orchestras use simplified arrangements to cut costs and because Broadway pits cannot accommodate enough musicians.  According to Lyric conductor James Lowe, “We have been able to re-create the score in a way that I don't think has been done in many years. People are going to hear the music in a new way. There's so much warmth and lyricism in it."

Broadway actor Curtis Holbrook, playing Will Parker, confirms:

A stunning Oklahoma! is just five days away! Purchase your ticket here!

Oh what a beautiful May!

It's lavish!  It's exhilarating!  It's two weeks away! Lyric launches its American Musical Theater Initiative on May 4 with a new 70th anniversary production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved Oklahoma!. Travel behind the scenes with the stars to the first day of rehearsal and enjoy preview presentations

Cudia and Brown Oklahoma

It's lavish!  It's exhilarating!  It's two weeks away!

Lyric launches its American Musical Theater Initiative on May 4 with a new 70th-anniversary production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved Oklahoma!

Travel behind the scenes with stars John Cudia and Ashley Brown (pictured above) to the first day of rehearsal and enjoy preview presentations from members of the creative and design teams.

 

 

Feeling as inspired as Ashley Brown, Lyric's Laurey? Purchase tickets for a May day here

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