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My View: OKLAHOMA! at 75

My View: OKLAHOMA! at 75

When Ted Chapin 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists producer first conceived A Beautiful Dawning Oklahoma! at 75 he didn’t know that there would be a revival of the 1943 musical currently on Broadway and garnering 8 Tony Award nominations. 

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration wasn’t just a theatrical smash hit—it was a game changer. An early dismissal of the show: “No jokes, no legs, no chance,” couldn’t have proved more wrong. Oklahoma! ushered in an entirely new kind of musical, and with it, the dawning of a new era in musical theater. Commemorating the show’s 75th anniversary Lyrics & Lyricists-style are Kerstin Anderson (My Fair Lady), Phillip Attmore (Hello, Dolly!),  Jason Gutsy (Bring It On), Nyla Watson (Showboat), all making their L&L debuts, as is director Parker Esse. 

As Rodgers & Hammerstein’s chief creative officer, L&L’s Ted Chapin is uniquely positioned to entertain, explore and educate – even among those who count themselves as musical theater experts. “We’ll be taking a deep look at the show — from its unlikely creation, through its years as a staple of the repertoire, through to the various modern reinterpretations that attest to the show’s continuing relevance,” he comments. “And of course, because this is L&L, there will be a few oddities thrown in among the show’s beloved and well-known.

(Complete photos of this show on Broadwayworld.com)

Jason Gotay
Nyla Watson, Kerstin Anderson, Phillip Attmore, Jason Gotay
Myla Watson, Phillip Attmore, Kerstin Anderson
Jason Gotay & Kerstin Anderson
Kerstin Anderson & Jason Gotay
Phillip Attmore
Phillip Attmore
Kerstin Anderson
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Ted Chapin
Jason Gotay, Kerstin Anderson, Philip Attmore, Nyla Watson

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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