Oklahoma! at the Performing Arts Center

April 12, 2018

Oklahoma!

Mother's Day Weekend Performances

Mother’s Day weekend May 12-13 2018, cowboys, farmers, and territory folks of all kinds will burst into the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo in Opera San Luis Obispo’s new grand production of Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s classic musical Oklahoma!

Teeming with romance, jealousy, adventure, and conflict, Oklahoma! is a celebration of the pioneer spirit that built America. Gusty rivalry between local farmers and cowboys in Oklahoma’s Indian territory at the turn of the twentieth century provides a colorful background for two love trios: the first is between Curly, a bright and confident cowboy, and Jud, a tough hired farm-hand, both of which are in love with Laurey, a strong-willed farm-girl. The second pits Ado Annie, the girl who “can’t say no,” in between the smooth-talking traveling peddler Ali Hakim, and the simple and good-natured cowboy Will Parker.

One of the greatest musicals of all time, Oklahoma! marks the first collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein II and changed the landscape of musical theatre as the first fully integrated musical play that blends song, character, plot, and dance into one seamless work. Considered by many to be the single most influential American musical work, when Oklahoma! opened in 1943, it instantly established the modern American “book musical” formula and served as the model for Broadway shows for decades to follow.

Oklahoma! is iconic with its unending cascade of popular songs including Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey with the Fringe On Top, I Cain’t Say No, Kansas City, People Will Say We’re in Love, Many a New Day, and Oklahoma!

Our Citywide Arts Collaboration continues in this expansive new grand production featuring world-class singing, new traditional sets and costumes, fantastic dance, and a nationally acclaimed cast led by baritone Gabriel Manro as Curly opposite soprano April Amante in the role of Laurey.

OperaSLO is proud to revive the exquisite production team that brought Madama Butterfly to the PAC last October: stage director Edna Garabedian, choreographer Andrew Silvaggio, chorus master Paul Osborne, set designer Rick Adamson, costume designer Randon Pool, and the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Brian Asher Alhadeff.

Three shows only: Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, at 2pm and Saturday, May 12, at 7pm. Join us early for a pre-show talk led by John Frey in Philips Hall one hour before curtain.

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