Casting has been revealed for the upcoming West End transfer of director Daniel Fish's Tony-winning, reimagined revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! Following the staging's London premiere at The Young Vic earlier this year, the production will play Wyndham's Theatre in the West End beginning February 16, 2023, with opening night set for February 28. The run will continue through September 2.
Patrick Vaill continues with the production as Jud Fry, the role he's played since the revival's first staging. Joining Vaill from the Young Vic run will be Once Broadway alum Arthur Darvill as Curly McLain, Anoushka Lucas as Laurey Williams, Broadway alum Liza Sadovy as Aunt Eller, James Patrick Davis as Will Parker, Stavros Demetraki as Ali Hakim, Raphael Bushay as Mike, Greg Hicks as Andrew Carnes, Rebekah Hinds as Gertie Cummings, and Marie-Astrid Mence as Lead Dancer. Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
The production, which offers a stark and contemporary reimagining of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic featuring new arrangements and orchestrations by Daniel Kluger, originated at Bard SummerScape before playing an Off-Broadway run at St. Ann's Warehouse that transferred to Broadway in 2019, winning the 2019 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. The Young Vic production officially opened May 5 and played through June 25. Read reviews for the Young Vic run here.
The first collaboration between the Broadway Golden Age powerhouse duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! was adapted from Lynn Riggs' play Green Grow the Lilacs, and was originally choreographed by Agnes de Mille. The original production, which premiered on Broadway in 1943, is largely credited with being the first musical to fully integrate its book, score, and choreography towards advancing the plot. Fish's reimagining leaves the original text and score intact, while exploring them through a 21st century lens.
Fish will return to direct the West End transfer, reuniting much of his creative team from the Young Vic production, including orchestrator, arranger, and co-music supervisor Daniel Kluger; choreographer John Heginbotham; scenic designers Lael Jellinek and Grace Laubacher; costume designer Terese Wadden; lighting designer Scott Zielinski; sound designer Drew Levy; projection designer Joshua Thorson; and co-music supervisor and additional vocal arranger Nathan Koci.
Take a look at photos from the Young Vic run: