Theatreland Memorabilia

Did you know...

The musical was originally called Away We Go!

Oklahoma!

Music: Richard Rodgers. Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play Green Grow The Lilacs by Lynn Riggs.

Productions

Shubert Theatre, Newhaven, 1943
Colonial Theatre, Boston, 1943
St James Theatre, Broadway, 1943-1948
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 1947-1950
National Theatre, 1998
Lyceum Theatre, 1999

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Shubert Theatre, Newhaven, Connecticut (as Away We Go!)
First performance: 11th March 1943 (world premiere)

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Colonial Theatre, Boston (as Away We Go!)
First performance: 15th March 1943

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St James Theatre, Broadway
First performance: 31st March 1943
Last performance: 29th May 1948 (2,212 performances)
Director: Rouben Mamoulian. Choreographer: Agnes de Mille. Settings: Lemuel Ayers.
Costumes: Miles White.

Opening Cast
CharacterPlayed By
CurlyAlfred Drake
LaureyJoan Roberts
Aunt EllerBetty Garde
Will ParkerLee Dixon
Ado AnnieCeleste Holm

Then toured to 67 US cities.

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane
First performance: 29th April 1947
Last performance: 1950 (1,548 performances)
Director: Rouben Mamoulian. Choreography: Agnes De Mille. Settings: Lemuel Ayers.
Costumes: Miles White. Orchestrations: Russell Bennett. Orchestra Director: Reginal Burston.

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Cast Lists
Opening Cast
16-8-48 edition

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Opening Cast
CharacterPlayed By
CurleyHarold (Howard) Keel
LaureyBetty Jane Watson

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16-8-48 edition programme
CharacterPlayed By
Aunt EllerJennie Gregson
CurlyChris Robinson
LaureyIsabel Bigley
Ike SkidmoreRobert Patterson
FredGlynne Davies
SlimMaxwell Coker
Will ParkerVictor Griffin
Jud FryHenry Clarke
Ado Annie CarnesPatricia Englund
Ali HakimHarry Ross
Gertie CummingsEleanor Drew
EllenBrenda Barker
KateGwen Overton
SylvieLulu Dukes
TerryGemze De Leppe
Aggie "Pigtails"Margaret Auld Nelson
Andrew CarnesStan Thomason
Cord ElamIvor Smith
JessLemoine Ketcham
ChalmersIan Stuart
JoeLionel Baker
SamJack Higginson
SingerJack Higginson
SingerFrank Taylor
SingerGlynne Davies
SingerWilliam Thorburn
SingerLionel Baker
SingerGordon Stephenson
SingerClive Stock
SingerMolly Bodger
SingerAileen Kelly
SingerBrenda Barker
SingerEleanor Drew
SingerGwen Overton
SingerHelen Jutsen
SingerLaura Hedley
SingerHelen Miskin
DancerMaxwell Coker
DancerLemoine Ketcham
DancerAlan Elledge
DancerPayne Converse
DancerPeter Warwick
DancerJack Skinner
DancerNigel Burke
DancerPeter Chivers
DancerGraham McCormack
DancerMargaret Auld Nelson
DancerPatricia Halligan
DancerMarguerite Stewart
DancerVera Oldham
DancerAnne Stickland
DancerLulu Dukes
DancerBabette Regnier
DancerJane Innes
DancerBetty Main
DancerJill Varden
DancerOenone Talbot
DancerDeidre Vivian
Dancers listed for specific dances
Many a New Day
Girl who Falls DownLulu Dukes
Laurey Makes Up Her Mind
LaureyGemze De Leppe
CurlyIan Stuart
JudRemington Olmsted, Jr.
ChildMargaret Auld Nelson
Jud's Post CardsLulu Dukes, Betty Malin, Marguerite Stewart
Laurey's FriendsPatricia Halligan, Vera Oldham, Babette Regnier, Oenone Talbot, Jill Varden, Anne Stickland
CowboysPeter Warwick, Jack Skinner, Maxwell Coker, Nigel Burke
Other Post CardsJane Innes, Claudine Goodfellow
The Farmer and the Cowman
DancerLemoine Ketcham
All er Nothing
DancersLulu Dukes, Marguerite Stewart

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National (Olivier) Theatre
First performance: 15th July 1998

CharacterPlayed By
UnknownUnknown

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Lyceum Theatre
First performance: 21st January 1999
Director: Trevor Nunn. Choreographer: Susan Stroman. Designer: Anthony Ward.
Lighting Designer: David Hersey. Sound Designer: Paul Groothuis
Music Supervisor: John Owen Edwards.

CharacterPlayed By
Aunt EllerMaureen Lipman
CurlyHugh Jackman
LaureyJosefina Gabrielle
Ike SkidmoreDavid Shelmerdine
Will ParkerJimmy Johnston
Jud FryShuler Hensley
Ado Annie CarnesVicki Simon
Ali HakimPeter Polycarpou
Gertie CummingsRebecca Thornhill
Andrew CarnesSidney Livingstone
Cord ElamMark Heenahan
Ensemble
AggieHelen Anker
KateJulie Barnes
JakeDavid Lucas
LucyLeigh Constantine
RosieAmanda Courtney-Davies
MikePhilip Cox
ArminaMarilyn Cutts
SusieZoe Dawson
EllenSusie Dumbreck
JessTom Dwyer
JoeHoward Ellis
SamShaun Henson
SylvieSarah Ingram
TomSebastian Rose
VivianNicola Keen
SlimLuke Baxter
CorkyFergus Logan
EmilyHelen Missing
FredCraig Purnell
ChalmersKevin Wainwright
Swing/Dance CaptainSarah Bayliss
SwingChris Coleman
SwingElizabeth Cooper Gee
SwingBen Garner
Children (Group 1)Charles Hallion
Children (Group 1)Charles Dower
Children (Group 1)Lorna Bullivant
Children (Group 1)Billie North
Children (Group 2)Ben Ibbott
Children (Group 2)Russell Ducker
Children (Group 2)Charlotte Mahoney
Children (Group 2)Emma Mack
Orchestra
Musical DirectorNick Davies
Violin IAnna Hemery
Violin IILaura Melhuish
Violin IIIGregory Warren Wilson
Violin IVSonya Fairbairn
Violin VShelley van Loen
ViolaPaul Martin
Cello ITrevor Burley
Cello IIPenny Bradshaw
Double-bassPaul Moylan
Flute/Piccolo/SaxophoneNancy Ruffer
Oboe/Cor AnglaisHuw Clement-Evans
Clarinets/SaxophoneMartin Robertson
Clarinet/SaxophonesTim Holmes
BassoonRichard Skinner
Horn IDean Foley
Horn IITim Caister
Trumpet/Flugelhorn INick Betts
Trumpet/Flugelhorn IITim Hayward
TromboneTracy Holloway
HarpFiona Clifton Welker
Guitar/BanjoMitch Dalton
PercussionPaul Cameron
Percussion/KitPhilip Hopkins
Keyboard/Assistant MDAlex Collinson

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