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Okay, Oklahoma!

John Cudia and Ashley Brown in "Oklahoma!" photo by Dan Rest

John Cudia and Ashley Brown in "Oklahoma!" photo by Dan Rest

WFMT’s LIVE broadcast of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of Oklahoma! begins Saturday at 7:00 PM

On Saturday, Lyric Opera of Chicago opens the first of five musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which they plan to present over the next four years, part of their American Musical Theater Initiative. The Initiative celebrates and explores the art form as it has developed, and influenced music in this country.

Broadway veteran John Cudia plays the role of Curly McLain. Singing the role of Laurey Williams is Ashley Brown, star of Disney’s Broadway sensation Mary Poppins. Ms. Brown shares some insight into the theatrical elements of Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s craft:

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Conductor James Lowe is a newcomer to Lyric Opera of Chicago, but is not new to the opera world. He speaks here about his life as a Broadway/opera conductor:

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Check out these behind the scenes videos of Lyric’s Oklahoma!:

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