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Stage / Explore the prairie wide 46th state in our ocean bound 50th…with show tunes!

Based on the 1931 Lynn Riggs’ play, Green Grow the Lilacs, this landmark 1943 production was–fun fact–the first musical the composer and librettist wrote together! (*jazz hands*)

The beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein’s award-winning Oklahoma! was a Broadway trailblazer, oft considered by dramatists to be the “first fully integrated musical play,” marking it as an American classic and model for nearly every musical since. Oklahoma! is basically the Constitution of American Musical Theatre, y’all!

That ‘ole slice of US history in mind, mount this Rushmore and manifest your singing-dancing destiny this month with an interpretation by the UH-Manoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance that seeks to amend the popular stage play with some fresh faces and bright-eyed performances.

Billed by the company as “not your Grandma’s Oklahoma!,” get lassoed in by the farm girl Laurey meets cowboy Curly romance, where feuding farmers and cowboys spell major D-R-A-M-A in the square dancing social scene for the stars-and-spurs-crossed lovers.


Kennedy Theatre Mainstage, 2500 Campus Rd., runs 11/4–11/20, Mon.–Wed. 7:30pm, Thu. 2pm, $5–$22, [], 944-2697