Rodgers and Hammerstein’s barnstorming first production together features the classic ‘Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’.
Dir Fred Zinnemann
With Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Gloria Grahame
The secret to the success of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first production together (and why it stands up today) is that Oklahoma! is the quintessential tale of simple folk with real issues that affect us all – just with added timeless classics such as ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’. Typical of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this has a darker storyline than most musicals, so hiring Fred Zinnemann, a dramatic rather than a musical director, was a masterstroke.