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Oklahoma! – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II Choreographer: Drew McOnie Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Dan English   Belinda Lang and Gary Wilmot star in an otherwise frustrating performance of Oklahoma!which reached the Canterbury leg of its tour this week, opening at The Marlowe Theatre. The world renowned Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, set at the turn of the 20th Century, tells ...

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Oklahoma! – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Music: Richard Rodgers Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Jess Rowe Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration, Oklahoma!, reinvented the world of musical theatre in 1943. It created the idea of "book musicals" (one we theatre-goers now take for granted) that ties in the hard-hitting concept of the plot with pieces of choreographed and musical works of art and ...

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Oklahoma! – Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Oscar Hammerstein II Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Sue Collier Oklahoma! first played on Broadway in 1943, and is based on Lynn Riggs playGreen Grow the Lilacs. It is the first musical ever written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and an Oscar winning film followed in 1955. This ...

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Oklahoma! – The Lowry, Salford

Oklahoma! – The Lowry, Salford Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Music: Richard Rogers Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Donna Kelly Rodgers &Hammerstein’s musical Oklahoma! may be 67 years old but it’s still as refreshing and thrilling as the day it was written. The award-winning musical has been revived in a brand new touring production directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and it certainly doesn’t ...

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Oklahoma! – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Music: Richard Rodgers Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: James Garrington For a big musical to be a success, it needs a big heart; and Oklahoma! has a heart as big as the wide-open prairies of the mid-west. From the first notes of the overture through to the curtain calls, the show carries the audience through on a ...

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NEWS: The Pajama Game announces full West End cast

Peter Polycarpou, Gary Wilmot and Colin Stinton join the cast of the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre's sparkling production of the Broadway smash hit musical, The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre. Peter Polycarpou and Colin Stinton reprise their rôles as Vernon Hines and Hasler, with Gary Wilmot taking over the rôle of Vernon Hines from 2 June. ...

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42nd Street – Liverpool Empire, Liverpool

Writers: Michael Stewart &Mark Bramble Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Al Dubin Director: Mark Bramble Musical Supervisor: Gareth Williams Reviewer: Tim Stone [rating:4] Based on a 1933 film but only brought to the stage in 1980, 42nd Street takes us back to an America and a theatre that is no longer there. The musical traces the exploits of Peggy Sawyer (Jessica ...

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42nd Street – The Mayflower, Southampton

Author of the original novel: Bradford Ropes Director and co-authors: Mark Bramble and Michael Stewart Lyricist: Al Dubin Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating: 5] Set in 1933 just as the Great Depression was beginning to turn the corner, thanks to President Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal, this show is not so much a musical performance as an explosion of instrumental music, ...

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