Based on Green Grow the Lilacs, a stage play by Lynn Riggs, Oklahoma! brought together for the first time composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The duo would go on to write nine Broadway musicals together, but none would be as important for the development of American musical theatre as Oklahoma!
Set in the early twentieth century, the musical Oklahoma! tells a simple tale about
two frustrated young people; a cowboy Curly (Doug Skilton) and a farm girl Laurey
(Linda Skilton), who are adamant they are not in love. Curly's rival is the vaguely
sinister ranch hand Jud Fry (Less Skilton) who manages to darken the otherwise light-