Special concert version of Oklahoma! on 11/1 and 11/4

posted Oct 6, 2018, 4:39 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 2, 2018, 1:43 PM ]

Everyone is invited to a special BHS Fine Arts collaborative concert of the Choir, Band, Orchestra, Theatre Arts/Stagecraft, and Freshmen Academy Art programs. To celebrate its 75th anniversary, they will be presenting the musical Oklahoma! in a concert version, with an audience sing-along!
  • Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Bartlesville High School Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Tickets are $10 general admission with the ticket office opening one hour before each performance. Pre-sale ticket dates will be announced after 10/11. For more information, contact Vocal Music Director Margie Green.

Oklahoma! was the first musical by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II with dances by Agnes De Mille. Based on the 1931 play Green Grow the Lilacs by Claremore's Lynn Riggs, the original Broadway production opened 75 years ago in 1943. The box-office smash ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances, and Rodgers and Hammerstein won a special Pulitzer Prize for it in 1944. It was the first American musical with an ethnic sound, words, and music entirely in the folk idiom. As fully integrated musical plays, Oklahoma! and the earlier musical Show Boat revolutionized the form as musicals that combined popular entertainment with continuity between the story and songs. 

In 1953 the musical's title song was chosen as the state song of Oklahoma, replacing the lesser-known Oklahoma - A Toast. There was an Oscar-winning film adaptation in 1955.
Oklahoma! Flyer

Granger Meador,
Oct 6, 2018, 4:39 AM