Daniel Fish's reimagined revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! officially opens its West End transfer at Wyndham's Theatre February 28, after beginning previews February 16. The run will continue through September 2.
The production comes to the West End after making its U.K. premiere at London's Young Vic last year. Offering a stark and contemporary reimagining of the Golden Age classic and featuring new arrangements and orchestrations by Daniel Kluger, Fish's revival originated at Bard SummerScape before playing an Off-Broadway run at St. Ann's Warehouse that transferred to Broadway in 2019, winning the 2019 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. Read reviews for the Young Vic run here.
Once Broadway alum Arthur Darvill and Anoushka Lucas lead the company as Curly McLain and Laurey Williams, respectively, sharing the stage with Patrick Vaill, continuing with the production as Jud Fry, the role he's played since the revival's first staging; Georgina Onuorah as Ado Annie; Broadway alum Liza Sadovy as Aunt Eller; James Patrick Davis as Will Parker; Phillip Olagoke as Cord Elam; Stavros Demetraki as Ali Hakim; Raphael Bushay as Mike; Greg Hicks as Andrew Carnes; Rebekah Hinds as Gertie Cummings; and Marie-Astrid Mence as Lead Dancer.
The first collaboration between the Broadway Golden Age powerhouse duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! was adapted from Lynn Riggs' play Green Grow the Lilacs, and was originally choreographed by Agnes de Mille. The original production, which premiered on Broadway in 1943, is largely credited with being the first musical to fully integrate its book, score, and choreography towards advancing the plot. Fish's reimagining leaves the original text and score intact, while exploring them through a 21st century lens.
Fish returns to direct the West End transfer, reuniting much of his creative team from the Young Vic production, including orchestrator, arranger, and co-music supervisor Daniel Kluger; choreographer John Heginbotham; scenic designers Lael Jellinek and Grace Laubacher; costume designer Terese Wadden; lighting designer Scott Zielinski; sound designer Drew Levy; projection designer Joshua Thorson; and co-music supervisor and additional vocal arranger Nathan Koci.