Alvernia Theatre will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” on April 7-9 and 14-16 at 8PM in the newly renovated Francis Hall Theater and Recital Hall. There will be general seating, and tickets are free. On the days of production, people may pick up tickets for that night at the Francis Hall Box Office area between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, “Green Grow the Lilacs,” the musical is set in 1906, near the town of Claremore, in the Oklahoma Territory. The story surrounds cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his fiancée, Ado Annie.

Oklahoma! was the first musical written by composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943, and was a box-office smash that ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours, foreign productions and an Academy Award-winning 1955 film adaptation. In 1944, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II received a special Pulitzer Prize for Oklahoma! in the category of “Special Awards And Citations – Letters.”

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