Find out once and for all the answer to that age old question this month at Footlite Musicals. No, not the answer to the meaning of life, but “Can the farmer and the cowman get along?” Footlite Musicals presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Oklahoma! now through March 28 in Indianapolis downtown. This Indianapolis theatre production runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm with two Sunday performances at 2:30 pm on March 21 and 28.
As the first collaboration by the legendary team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Oklahoma! is a signature of their entire body of work. Based on the 1931 Lynn Riggs play Green Grow the Lilacs, Oklahoma! tells the story of the people who populated the small town of Claremore in the infantile Oklahoma territory in 1906. The romance between cowboy Curly McLain and farm girl Laurey Williams dissects the divisive attitude between farmers and cowboys at this time. In a secondary love triangle between the flirtatious Ado Annie, her fiance Will Parker and a traveling Persian peddler Ali Hakim, hilarity ensues as one cowboy tries desperately to win the approval of a staunch farm man.
Life unravels in the Oklahoma territory as it approaches statehood. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first time collaboration was a wild success. The play premiered on Broadway in 1943. The piece not only debuted what would become one of the most successful working relationships on Broadway, but also gave the young choreographer Agnes de Mille her Broadway debut. Since then Oklahoma’s! fifteen minute dream ballet that punctuates the two acts has become a blank canvas for some of the most well known choreographers.
With a host of notable songs, every actor everywhere has performed in Oklahoma! at some point in their careers, whether professionally or with community theatre. Enjoy favorite Broadway tunes like “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin,'” “I Cain’t Say No,” “People Will Say We’re In Love” and of course “Oklahoma!” at Footlite Musicals all month. Starring Dane Rogers as Curly, Noelle Steele as Laurey, Christy Walker as Aunt Eller and Jessica Bartley as Ado Annie. This Indianapolis performing arts event brings to life one of the best musicals of all time.
Planning to make your way to this Indianapolis art event? Make your evening out in Indy complete with dinner from any of these great Indianapolis restaurants. After the show, visit these Indianapolis bars for cocktail conversation. Topic: If you were alive in Oklahoma! would you be a farmer or a cowman? As always, stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Make the Circle City your playground this weekend!
Through March 28, 2010
1847 North Alabama Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202