Oklahoma! [1998 Royal National Theater]

Oklahoma! [1998 Royal National Theater]

by Original London Cast


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Director Trevor Nunn's London revival of Oklahoma!, produced under the auspices of the Royal National Theatre, which opened at the National's Olivier Theatre on July 15, 1998, and transferred to the West End on January 27, 1999, was a powerful reimagining of a classic musical for the '90s in the tradition of the National's earlier Carousel. Remembered as a landmark of the 1940s that influenced the development of the integrated musical, Oklahoma! was the victim of its own success in subsequent decades, often seen as outdated and sentimental. But director James Hammerstein blew the cobwebs off it in 1979, and Nunn did the same thing nearly 20 years later, giving the show a more realistic feel. Unlike director Nicholas Hytner, whose Carousel paved the way for this production, Nunn didn't so much emphasize the show's darker aspects (there aren't that many in Oklahoma!) as infuse it with energy and Western enthusiasm. Casting boisterous Hugh Jackman as Curly and pairing him with vivacious Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey didn't hurt, either. The rest of the principal cast doesn't quite keep up (and Vicki Simon's Ado Annie has a bit too much of a legitimate voice for her comic role), but the chorus certainly does, and even though you can't see multiple Tony winner Susan Stroman's choreography, you can, for the first time on an Oklahoma! recording, hear the full-length dream "Ballet." There have been many recordings of Oklahoma!, and the best of them represent their times -- the original Broadway cast album defining the World War II era, the original soundtrack characteristic of the widescreen film musicals of the 1950s, the 1979 Broadway revival cast a reaffirmation of American values in the post-Vietnam period. This is an Oklahoma! for the '90s, full of imagination and technical know-how, and extended to full CD length.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
Label: First Night (Red)
UPC: 0766927341120
catalogNumber: 73411

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Will   Track Performer
Paul Cameron   Percussion
Trevor Burley   Cello
Tim Holmes   Clarinet,Saxophone
Neil Johnson   Tom-Tom,Vocals
Ann Morfee   Violin
Mark Pharoah   Violin
Marti Robertson   Clarinet,Saxophone
Steve Russell   Double Bass
Philip White   Trombone
Sian Bell   Cello
Tom Dwyer   Vocals
Gillian Findlay   Violin
Phil Hopkins   Harmonica,Percussion
Julian Tear   Violin
John Owen Edwards   Conductor,Musical Direction
Andrew Parker   Viola
Tracy Holloway   Trombone
Gavin McNaughton   Bassoon
Nic Pendlebury   Viola
Peter Polycarpou   Vocals
Julia Singleton   Violin
Kevin Wainwright   Vocals,Chalmers
Jayne Spencer   Violin
Ann McAneney   Trumpet
David Michael Anthony   Horn
Caroline O'Neill   Viola
Anna Hemery   Leader
Helen Anker   Vocals
Julie Barnes   Vocals
Warren Carlyle   Vocals
Leigh Constantine   Vocals
Philip Cox   Vocals
Marilyn Cutts   Vocals
Amanda Courtney Davies   Vocals
Zoe Dawson   Vocals
Susie Dumbreck   Vocals
Howard Ellis   Vocals
Josefina Gabrielle   Vocals
Shuler Hensley   Vocals
Shaun Henson   Vocals,Sampling
Sarah Ingram   Vocals
Hugh Jackman   Vocals
Jimmy Johnston   Vocals
Nicola Keen   Vocals
Gavin Lee   Vocals
Maureen Lipman   Vocals
Sidney Livingstone   Vocals
Fergus Logan   Vocals
Stuart Milligan   Vocals
Helen Missing   Vocals
Craig Purnell   Vocals
David Shelmerdine   Vocals
Vicki Simon   Vocals
Rebecca Thornhill   Vocals
Nancy Ruffer   Flute,Saxophone
Tim Hayward   Trumpet
Richard George   Violin
Laura Melhuish   Violin
Ian Balmain   Trumpet
Richard Skinner   Bassoon
Richard Ashton   Horn
Dean Foley   Horn
Paul Martin   Viola
Paul Moylan   Double Bass
David Bentley   Horn
Phillip Hopkins   Harmonica,Percussion,Drums
Sonya Fairbairn   Violin
Jimmy Johnston   Vocals
Amanda Courtney-Davies   Vocals
Alex Collinson   Keyboards
Neil Johnson   Vocals
Gregory Warren Wilson   Violin
Mitchell Dalton   Banjo,Guitar
Huw Clement Evans   Oboe,Cor anglais
Philip White   Trombone
Martin Robertson   Clarinet,Saxophone
Caroline O'Neill   Viola
Fiona Clifton Welker   Harp
Oklahoma Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Daniel Anthony   Horn
Rosemary Henbest   Violin
Elspeth Cowey   Violin
Ivo Jan van der Werff   Viola

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
David Caddick   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Author,Text
Bert Fink   Synopsis
David Hunt   Engineer
Paul Groothuis   Sound Design
Theodore S. Chapin   Liner Notes
Susan Stroman   Choreographer
Trevor Nunn   Director
André Horstmann   Programming
David Krane   Arranger
Stephen Mear   Associate Choreographer
Stuart Calder   Assistant Management
Courtney Bryant   Stage Manager
Malcolm Ranson   Contributor
Patsy Rodenburg   Composer
Joan Washington   Dialect Coach
Stu Calder   Assistant Management
Emma B. Lloyd   Stage Manager
Pippa Meyer   Assistant Management

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Oklahoma! [1998 Royal National Theater] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
and i can't tell you how impressed we were with this production!! what a delight it was to see hugh jackman as the star of a broadway(london) musical. the soundtrack is a welcome addition to our collection
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best performances of Oklahoma! I've ever seen. The CD is amazing and you can just see the show going on by just listining to the music. Amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago