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Monday, 1 May 2017
Written by Nomad Theatre

Nomad Theatre presents Oklahoma! by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Nomad Theatre presents Oklahoma! by Rodgers and Hammerstein

The wide open plains of that new-fangled country the USA is the setting for Bookham Light Operatic’s summer musical in association with The Nomads at their theatre in Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley KT24RT.  Oklahoma is one of the great musicals created by Rodgers and Hammerstein and runs from Wednesday 17th May to Saturday 20th.

‘No legs, no jokes, no chance.’  The words of producer Mike Todd before the Broadway opening of Oklahoma in March 1943.  How wrong he was as the show was to run for 2,212 performances on Broadway.

This, the first collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, set the standard and rules of musical theatre that are still being followed today.  For the first time in American musical history, songs and music were completely integrated with the dialogue.  The plot has real depth, dramatic impact and, unusually for the time, was about ordinary people facing real life situations with a political understory : the birth of a new state - Oklahoma.

Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl.

‘Oh What a beautiful morning’, ‘The farmer and the cowman’, ‘People will say we’re in love’ and ‘Poor Jud is dead,’ are just a few of the musical gems to be found in this sparkling production. Don’t miss it. Come and join in the fun.

Performances at 7.30 pm, matinee on Saturday at 2.30 pm.  Tickets £16 adults, children/students £12.  Box office 01483 284747 and leave a message or book online at www.nomadtheatre.com.  The theatre is easily accessible to wheelchair users.     



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