A heavy ‘Oklahoma’ descends on Chicago πŸ’₯πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ’₯

“Oklahoma” runs to Jan. 23 at CIBC Theatre in Chicago.

Anyone expecting a light and whimsical “Oklahoma” will be surprised at the production currently playing in The Windy City.

“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma” continues to Jan. 23 at CIBC Theatre in Chicago.

The Tony Award winning production, directed by Daniel Fish, is definitely not the rip-roaring musical theatergoers have seen for decades on the stage and in film.

This “Oklahoma,” which features a diverse cast, is a stripped down theater work, which also attempts to make statements and offer heavy messages about the ills of the country, justice, government and man’s inhumanity to man.

“Oklahoma,” which was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical, is the story, in summary, of the developing romance of Curly and Laurey as well as other “triangle” love predicaments in a small Oklahoma town. The show originally opened on Broadway in 1943 and the popular film “Oklahoma” debuted in 1955. This production of “Oklahoma” won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2019.

The production stars Sasha Hutchings as Laurey Williams and Sean Grandillo as Curly McLain while actor Sis portrays Ado Annie, Barbara Walsh takes on the role of Aunt Eller, Hennessy Winkler stars as Will Parker and Christopher Bannow portrays Jud Fry.

A heavy ‘Oklahoma’ descends on Chicago

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