One of the greatest musicals ever written for the stage happened in 1943, that show was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s legendary Great American classic OKLAHOMA. In 2011, the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts program put together a production of the landmark musical where they recreated, researched, and restored all of the original sets, costumes, choreography, and orchestrations from it’s 1943 Broadway debut. This production was directed by Broadway’s very own Tony nominated favorite Terrence Mann.

Several original cast members from the original production who were still around at the time came out to help out with the production teaching them the steps, mentoring, and sharing their favorite memories of the show that became the ultimate song and dance book musical.

In addition, this production of OKLAHOMA was captured on film by Emmy Award-winning television director David Stern for North Carolina’s public television only and hosted by UNCSA Chancellor Maestro John Mauceri (who also served as the music director for the production).

For those who wish they could have experienced the original staging in it’s 1943 Broadway debut, check out the University of North Carolina’s School For The Arts restoration of OKLAHOMA’s original production right here.

ACT I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syM0JtapQ4Q
ACT II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syM0JtapQ4Q

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts does a painstaking recreation of Oklahoma as it premiered in 1943. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/n…

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