Oklahoma! [1998 Royal National Theater]


Director Trevor Nunn's London revival of Oklahoma!, produced under the auspices of the Royal National Theatre, which opened at the National's Olivier Theatre on July 15, 1998, and transferred to the West End on January 27, 1999, was a powerful reimagining of a classic musical for the '90s in the tradition of the National's earlier Carousel. Remembered as a landmark of the 1940s that influenced the development of the integrated musical, Oklahoma! was the victim of its own success in subsequent decades, often seen as outdated and sentimental. But director James Hammerstein blew the cobwebs off it in 1979, and Nunn did the same thing nearly 20 years later, giving the show a more realistic feel. Unlike director Nicholas Hytner, whose Carousel paved the way for this production, Nunn didn't so much emphasize the show's darker aspects (there aren't that many in Oklahoma!) as infuse it with energy and Western enthusiasm. Casting boisterous Hugh Jackman as Curly and pairing him with vivacious Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey didn't hurt, either. The rest of the principal cast doesn't quite keep up (and Vicki Simon's Ado Annie has a bit too much of a legitimate voice for her comic role), but the chorus certainly does, and even though you can't see multiple Tony winner Susan Stroman's choreography, you can, for the first time on an Oklahoma! recording, hear the full-length dream "Ballet." There have been many recordings of Oklahoma!, and the best of them represent their times -- the original Broadway cast album defining the World War II era, the original soundtrack characteristic of the widescreen film musicals of the 1950s, the 1979 Broadway revival cast a reaffirmation of American values in the post-Vietnam period. This is an Oklahoma! for the '90s, full of imagination and technical know-how, and extended to full CD length. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: First Night (USA)
  • UPC: 088561179021


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Track listings

  • 1. Oklahoma!, Musical: Overture
  • 2. Oklahoma!, Musical: Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'
  • 3. Oklahoma!, Musical: The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
  • 4. Oklahoma!, Musical: Kansas City
  • 5. Oklahoma!, Musical: I Cain't Say No
  • 6. Oklahoma!, Musical: Many A New Day
  • 7. Oklahoma!, Musical: It's A Scandel! It's A Outrage!
  • 8. Oklahoma!, Musical: People Will Say We're In Love
  • 9. Oklahoma!, Musical: Pore Jud Is Daid
  • 10. Oklahoma!, Musical: Lonely Room
  • 11. Oklahoma!, Musical: Out Of My Dreams
  • 12. Oklahoma!, Musical: Ballet
  • 13. Oklahoma!, Musical: The Farmer And The Cowman
  • 14. Oklahoma!, Musical: All Er Nothin'
  • 15. Oklahoma!, Musical: People Will Say We're In Love (Reprise)
  • 16. Oklahoma!, Musical: Oklahoma
  • 17. Oklahoma!, Musical: Finale Ultimo
 
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
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  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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